We are delighted to share with you the news that over the half term holiday, Ilka Brown, our artist in residence and headteacher, Sally Cox attended the Independent Schools Association (ISA) South West Regional Art Competition in Cornwall where Springmead pupils’ art entries were placed 1st in three categories, a remarkable achievement. With nearly 45 schools in the South West region our talented artists shone. These pieces will now be put forward to the ISA Autumn Study Conference where the national finals will be held next week. In the meantime, as we wait for results, enjoy the virtual gallery of the 7 ISA National regions and spot our deservedly winning art work.
The art department at Springmead has been gathering momentum over the last few years, with specialist teachers, inset training and our invitational clubs allowing some of our best pupil artists to have time together, inspiring each other, learning skills and honing techniques, all while under the watchful guidance of passionate teacher artists. Our enrichment week focus was art this year and introduced new ideas, a study of the history of art, and time spent with a working artist sharing their skills and life as a creator.
Our first art exhibition this summer, was a fabulous celebration of our whole community’s passion for creative arts and this has been continued, through the building of our exciting art studio. We can’t wait for the finish line to be in sight and to continue the amazing work that occurs each day in our school in this new specialist space.