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Art Exhibition 2021 - Cheltenham Ladies 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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  • Ursula, year 9

    This etching was made in response to a school exhibition on the theme ‘Observations – Details – Minutiae’. New to the school this year and keen to explore new ways of working, this work is reflected upon by the student. Perspectives The main concept of my piece is how our insecurities can be taken out of context and viewed dissimilarly from different perspectives/ by different people. The main element I tried to incorporate was texture, because I had to find a way to link the idea of insecurities that a person can have about their skin, for example open pores or burst capillaries, to nature (e.g., seeds and the underside of a mushroom). I wanted to emphasise the importance of body image and how it affects our mental health and how we should stop looking at ourselves in such an unhealthy way.

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    Ursula, year 9
    This etching was made in response to a school exhibition on the theme ‘Observations – Details – Minutiae’. New to the school this year and keen to explore new ways of working, this work is reflected upon by the student. Perspectives The main concept of my piece is how our insecurities can be taken out of context and viewed dissimilarly from different perspectives/ by different people. The main element I tried to incorporate was texture, because I had to find a way to link the idea of insecurities that a person can have about their skin, for example open pores or burst capillaries, to nature (e.g., seeds and the underside of a mushroom). I wanted to emphasise the importance of body image and how it affects our mental health and how we should stop looking at ourselves in such an unhealthy way.
  • Sybil, year 9

    Sybil created this etching for a school exhibition on the theme of ‘Observations – Details – Minutiae’. This was her first experience with print making, embracing the technique and etching with a high level of control and accuracy. This work is reflected upon by the student. Sum of its Parts When creating this etching I reflected on how we should be more appreciative of the sum of an individual’s parts and how interesting it is that many different species of nature can grow and spread in harmony. Even though everything can seem different there isn’t much incompatibility or discord.

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    Sybil, year 9
    Sybil created this etching for a school exhibition on the theme of ‘Observations – Details – Minutiae’. This was her first experience with print making, embracing the technique and etching with a high level of control and accuracy. This work is reflected upon by the student. Sum of its Parts When creating this etching I reflected on how we should be more appreciative of the sum of an individual’s parts and how interesting it is that many different species of nature can grow and spread in harmony. Even though everything can seem different there isn’t much incompatibility or discord.
  • Helena & Sophia, year 9

    These wire birds were informed by the artist Celia Smith, as a starting point to understand how to manipulate and work with wire before moving into a three-dimensional sculpture. Helena and Sophia worked with an exciting approach to the continuous line outcome, adding key elements of detail and colour. They have captured a sense of charm, which bring the forms to life.

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    Helena & Sophia, year 9
    These wire birds were informed by the artist Celia Smith, as a starting point to understand how to manipulate and work with wire before moving into a three-dimensional sculpture. Helena and Sophia worked with an exciting approach to the continuous line outcome, adding key elements of detail and colour. They have captured a sense of charm, which bring the forms to life.
  • Felicia, year 7

    This lively, exuberant drawing by Felicia was completed near the start of Year 7. Keen to encourage students to draw and observe with accuracy, we encouraged them see her to work with pace and create something looser. These beautiful drawings seem to have much to say about the flowers they depict.

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    Felicia, year 7
    This lively, exuberant drawing by Felicia was completed near the start of Year 7. Keen to encourage students to draw and observe with accuracy, we encouraged them see her to work with pace and create something looser. These beautiful drawings seem to have much to say about the flowers they depict.
  • Emily, year 9

    Keen to encourage students to start thinking a little more laterally, ‘Pathways and Journeys’ was the impetus for this piece of work. Emily was new to the school this year, has a wonderful ability to record but was open and willing to approach this work thoughtfully, manipulating a range of media to make this mixed-media piece.

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    Emily, year 9
    Keen to encourage students to start thinking a little more laterally, ‘Pathways and Journeys’ was the impetus for this piece of work. Emily was new to the school this year, has a wonderful ability to record but was open and willing to approach this work thoughtfully, manipulating a range of media to make this mixed-media piece.
  • Amelia, year 8

    Amelia was challenged to work with a single unit of card with which to draw and work in relief. Her almost calligraphic approach feels bold and confident in this experimental outcome.

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    Amelia, year 8
    Amelia was challenged to work with a single unit of card with which to draw and work in relief. Her almost calligraphic approach feels bold and confident in this experimental outcome.
  • Cynthia, year 8

    ‘Fish’ was the starting point for students in Year 8. Although working from home in a time zone much removed from the UK, Cynthia impressed with her commitment to learning. These works exploring directional mark-making and moving into collage have a degree of thought, control and joy we wished to celebrate.

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    Cynthia, year 8
    ‘Fish’ was the starting point for students in Year 8. Although working from home in a time zone much removed from the UK, Cynthia impressed with her commitment to learning. These works exploring directional mark-making and moving into collage have a degree of thought, control and joy we wished to celebrate.
  • Cindy, year 9

    Also working with the theme of ‘Pathways and Journeys’, Cindy used watercolour and cutwork to layer and stencil. This work is reflective of her personality; dexterous, reflective and light.

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    Cindy, year 9
    Also working with the theme of ‘Pathways and Journeys’, Cindy used watercolour and cutwork to layer and stencil. This work is reflective of her personality; dexterous, reflective and light.
  • Anna, year 8

    A project, grounded in pattern, was started in lockdown. She took a set of photos which involved a strong diagonal. Anna then drew from some of these with a focus on mark-making. Back in the classroom this thoughtful student then began to connect these units, considering repetition, but pushing on to think about manipulating the units to build something even richer.

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    Anna, year 8
    A project, grounded in pattern, was started in lockdown. She took a set of photos which involved a strong diagonal. Anna then drew from some of these with a focus on mark-making. Back in the classroom this thoughtful student then began to connect these units, considering repetition, but pushing on to think about manipulating the units to build something even richer.