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Neon Zoo Art Challenge

26 oktober 2017

Today a selection of our most enthusiastic KS3 artists started their exciting journey to create an animal inspired masterpiece for Shanghai Family’s ‘Neon Zoo’ competition.

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When given the title of we thought of vibrant colours and hidden creatures in the jungle, out in the wilderness, buried underground or at the deepest, darkest depths of the sea. We have been drawn to creatures that are luminescent such as jellyfish, poisonous bugs, frogs and creepy-crawlies.

Our students kick started the day by creating some compositional sketches for their design ideas. They tested the neon paints by experimenting with different mark making techniques and to understand how the colours apply and work on the surface of the canvas. Once they were satisfied and pleased with the results they began to sketch up and paint their final design on their canvas.

Here are some of the captured moments of the process and the glow in the dark effect!

Brilliant work artists! Well done!

Rhian Dixon, Head of Art


I know that there is a saying that time goes fast when you are having fun and today proved that that is definitely true. The first period felt like only five minutes! As the day zoomed past us, I watched as everybody's art became better and better and honestly, I am genuinely impressed with everybody's talent. I drew a butterfly with patterns inside. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and I hope we can do this again very soon.

Chloe, Year 7 Student


I loved how we were able to use glow In the dark paint to express and explore different ways of making art. It was a lot of fun especially when some of us got paint on us and we tried to glow in the dark, for my animal I had chosen an octopus since they are naturally amazing creatures I tried to make the colours all correspond and using them to make the patterns pop out on the canvas, all in all today was one of the best art challenges I’ve ever been to!
Joanna Gärdin, Year 8 Student