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Creative Arts Update

28 April 2020

Keeping you up-to-date with all that is happening in the Creative Arts.

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A warm hello from the Creative Arts.

It will come as no surprise that the online teaching experience has posed a challenge for our subjects in the creative arts. How do you teach Art without a paintbrush? How do you teach Music without an instrument? How do you teach Drama without space? These are the questions we asked ourselves as a team at the beginning of this process. 

As an area we think outside the box on a daily basis, pushing boundaries, challenging ideas and above all being creative. So, that is what we have tried to bring to our online lessons.

Starting with KS3 (Years 7 - 9), we know that many students enjoy the arts because of the freedom our subjects give them. The opportunity to explore and collaborate is something that we actively encourage in our area. But how do we do that when we are limited to interaction behind a computer screen? The answer, make the tech, part of the project! 

We have challenged the students to create a piece of stop motion animation and have brought together our key skills: 

Drama – Storytelling and narrative. 
Music – Sound and technology. 
Art – animation and photography 

Devising a scheme of work that guides students through the process of creating a piece of stop motion animation from start to finish. 

But what do we base the work on? POSITIVITY! At a time when we are all finding things a little bit hard, being able to focus the minds of our students on a theme that reminds them of what makes us happy, and creating work that will in turn make others smile, can only be a POSITIVE thing.

Ideas are beginning to take shape, storyboards are complete and this week students have begun to explore the tech for their animation pieces. We look forward to sharing these with you in the next few weeks.

Exciting opportunity
An exciting opportunity for our students has been released on the Global Campus website. Students across the Nord Anglia family are invited to take part in one of these areas:

  • NAE Virtual Musicians
  • The Viral Monologues 
  • Verbatim Monologues (Age restricted Yrs 9-13)

Please log into the weblink (click here) and have a look at the opportunities available. It would be wonderful to see our students taking part in something that brings us together, allowing us to showcase the talents of our students. 

Art Showcase
At the point of the school closure, the IB Art exhibition was due to be opened. Not ones to be put off by a challenge, Mr. Mitchell and the talented students of IB2 Art, created an online exhibition. If you would like to take a wander around the exhibition and listen to our talented artists discuss their work please click here.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with all that is happening in the Creative Arts over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, stay safe and take care.

Adriane O’Connor
Head of Creative Arts