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Art Exhibition 2021 - Cheltenham College

We are delighted to share artwork from talented KS3 students selected for their achievements in technical ability, creativity and progress. 

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  • Isabella, 13yrs

    The project “Me Myself I” required students to consider how and where they stand in society and to visually express themselves within a fast moving world with Covid, technical advancements and political opinions. Bella was inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, and her ceramic piece is a creative response to her travels, her dreams and ambitions. She used shattered glass to create the blue sea on a tide within the pages of the book.

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    Isabella, 13yrs
    The project “Me Myself I” required students to consider how and where they stand in society and to visually express themselves within a fast moving world with Covid, technical advancements and political opinions. Bella was inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, and her ceramic piece is a creative response to her travels, her dreams and ambitions. She used shattered glass to create the blue sea on a tide within the pages of the book.
  • Xanthe, 14yrs

    This piece was a challenge for Xanthe as she normally works with graphite pencil but not colour. The skin tones were particularly challenging yet she has managed to produce a convincing likeness with realistic colouration.

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    Xanthe, 14yrs
    This piece was a challenge for Xanthe as she normally works with graphite pencil but not colour. The skin tones were particularly challenging yet she has managed to produce a convincing likeness with realistic colouration.
  • Sophia, 12yrs

    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Sophia Is one of the ‘Art Advance’ group she is continuously bring new ideas and artwork into school for me to see. I was so impressed by the way she naturally added detail using marker pen. This shows great progress in her confidence as an artist.

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    Sophia, 12yrs
    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Sophia Is one of the ‘Art Advance’ group she is continuously bring new ideas and artwork into school for me to see. I was so impressed by the way she naturally added detail using marker pen. This shows great progress in her confidence as an artist.
  • Sofia, 12yrs

    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Sofia has always been a keen artist, however, more recently her interests have been directed towards competing nationally in Dressage competitions. I was delighted to see her totally absorbed in this painting opportunity, the careful application of the paint and her eagerness to recreate the colours.

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    Sofia, 12yrs
    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Sofia has always been a keen artist, however, more recently her interests have been directed towards competing nationally in Dressage competitions. I was delighted to see her totally absorbed in this painting opportunity, the careful application of the paint and her eagerness to recreate the colours.
  • Iona, 14yrs

    Iona’s work is made with high-end felt tip pens which she uses regularly. A highly motivated student who has tonnes of her own personal sketchbooks, this painting represents a development in a project where students were asked to distort objects and the space around them reflecting the emotions of the Covid, and isolation situation. Iona’s work was done in a lockdown and she concentrates on the relationship between the computer in the remote learning experience and the feeling of melting with and through the computer screen. She was chosen for the imagination category accordingly.

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    Iona, 14yrs
    Iona’s work is made with high-end felt tip pens which she uses regularly. A highly motivated student who has tonnes of her own personal sketchbooks, this painting represents a development in a project where students were asked to distort objects and the space around them reflecting the emotions of the Covid, and isolation situation. Iona’s work was done in a lockdown and she concentrates on the relationship between the computer in the remote learning experience and the feeling of melting with and through the computer screen. She was chosen for the imagination category accordingly.
  • Gigi, 14yrs

    Gigi has concentrated on developing skills in a wide range of media this year. This portrait piece took her out of her comfort zone to produce a piece of work which is realistic, well balanced and a true likeness, of which she has achieved with convincing skin tones.

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    Gigi, 14yrs
    Gigi has concentrated on developing skills in a wide range of media this year. This portrait piece took her out of her comfort zone to produce a piece of work which is realistic, well balanced and a true likeness, of which she has achieved with convincing skin tones.
  • Ava, 13yrs

    Ava had not worked on such a large scale before. The paints were basic and yet she has managed to create something quite beautiful. She has used her observational skills to unpick the texture and colour in the Matisse painting and has recreated the scene in a very delicate yet impactful way.

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    Ava, 13yrs
    Ava had not worked on such a large scale before. The paints were basic and yet she has managed to create something quite beautiful. She has used her observational skills to unpick the texture and colour in the Matisse painting and has recreated the scene in a very delicate yet impactful way.
  • Rachel, 13yrs

    Rachel’s drawing is in response to artist Audrey Flack who makes personal still-lives in a photo realistic manner. Rachel’s drawing has elements which show very good shading and crosshatching technique to reveal well-formed objects recognisable as being solid and casting shadows. Her work echoes Asian influences and popular cultural icons which a teenager might be associated with. The idea of the piece is to draw objects which support the identity of the artist. Rachel’s high degree of skill made her appropriate for the technical category.

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    Rachel, 13yrs
    Rachel’s drawing is in response to artist Audrey Flack who makes personal still-lives in a photo realistic manner. Rachel’s drawing has elements which show very good shading and crosshatching technique to reveal well-formed objects recognisable as being solid and casting shadows. Her work echoes Asian influences and popular cultural icons which a teenager might be associated with. The idea of the piece is to draw objects which support the identity of the artist. Rachel’s high degree of skill made her appropriate for the technical category.
  • Rosie, 13yrs

    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Rosie has always been one to take an ordinary and basic instruction and add her own creative twist. Here is an example of just that. She has added pattern and colour in such a way that she is able to stay true to the original image. She has simply enhanced what was already there.

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    Rosie, 13yrs
    Students specifically chose paintings by Matisse because of their joyful, happy, carefree colour palette. The students were inspired to take note of the colours, and were given the freedom of not having to draw accurately, but to place the paint in a way that acted as a direct response to the image. Whilst painting they enjoyed the music of Andy Williams, Matt Monroe and the jazz music of Sally Night. The atmosphere was calm and creative. A real tonic and escape from the previous year in the doldrums. Rosie has always been one to take an ordinary and basic instruction and add her own creative twist. Here is an example of just that. She has added pattern and colour in such a way that she is able to stay true to the original image. She has simply enhanced what was already there.
  • Sebastian, 13yrs

    The project “Me Myself I” required students to consider how and where they stand in society and to visually express themselves within a fast moving world with Covid, technical advancements and political opinions. Sebastian was inspired by the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, and the ceramic piece was his first experience of using and construction in clay. The compartments are to be filled with symbols representing his family and hobbies, and the flags depict where he has his roots.

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    Sebastian, 13yrs
    The project “Me Myself I” required students to consider how and where they stand in society and to visually express themselves within a fast moving world with Covid, technical advancements and political opinions. Sebastian was inspired by the work of Eduardo Paolozzi, and the ceramic piece was his first experience of using and construction in clay. The compartments are to be filled with symbols representing his family and hobbies, and the flags depict where he has his roots.