This week, we have an action packed timetabled plan for the Prep School to celebrate the Arts, and the children are all very excited. We have managed to keep 99% of the week top secret, but this afternoon the children were thrilled to discover what we have in store for them.
Generally speaking Art has a reputation as just being a fun subject. However, it should be pointed out that the Creative Industries in the UK are worth more than £36 billion a year. They generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. Teaching children Art is extremely important and what we are trying to do in Arts week is give them a taste of all sorts of different experiences and continue to plant the creative seeds.
Van Gogh will be launching the week, obviously not the real one! He will be working with Year 3 and 4 for a morning’s workshop and then he will be visited by Pre Prep in the afternoon. Year 3 – 6 will all be busy throughout the week working on a gorgeous Mosaic with Tamara Froud. We have STOMP coming in to work with Year 3, 4 and 6.
There is an African Drumming and Mask Making workshop coming in for Year 5. Year 6 and 8 will be working with Tim Norris on creating a willow woven totem pole. Year 5 and Year 7 will be creating animations with Barry Skillin and Shaun McGlinchey. All the children will get the chance to admire fractal’s in the Fractal Dome (Science, Maths and Art combined!). That is only a small taster of what we have planned. All the children will receive a lovely A5 sketchbook to keep all their work in from the week.
On Wednesday 26th June there will be a whole school Art Exhibition in the Rendall Room. You are warmly invited to come and see your child’s work. It will be open from 3:45 – 7pm. From 6-7pm there will be cheese, wine and refreshments. Please see the separate letter about the exhibition for more information.
On Friday 28th June we will be having a small celebration of the week in the Sports Hall. It will start promptly at 3:40pm and we aim to finish at 4:40pm and you are very welcome to join us. Please let the office know by Wednesday if you will be planning on attending, so we know how many chairs to put out. Unfortunately we won’t be able to let late parents in as it will be too disruptive for the children performing, so please arrive early if you would like to come! Also, please note we won’t have rehearsed the running of the celebration, it will just be a small celebration with the children performing things they have done in the week.
During the week children are to wear school uniform, but must bring an apron/old shirt for the duration. Make sure it has your child’s name clearly on it!
Many thanks for all your support and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the children’s exhibition and hopefully on Friday for our celebration.
Click on link for next week’s timetable. Timetables for Arts Week