Feature Artist: Irving Penn

This term, our ‘Feature Artist’ is internationally renowned photographer, Irving Penn. Irving Penn was one of the twentieth century’s great photographers, known for his arresting images and his masterful coverage of multiple genres. 

At a time when photography was primarily understood as a means of communication, he approached it with an artist’s eye and expanded the creative potential of the medium, both in his professional and personal work. 

The Irving Penn Foundation houses the largest repository of Irving Penn’s work and was established to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic legacy of Irving Penn, including the diversity of techniques, mediums and subject matter that the artist explored.  Visit www.irvingpenn.org for more information.

Miss G Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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KS4 Photographers make a keen start

This term, our GCSE courses continue in Photography on what promises to be another exciting year.  Students will be exploring a range of lens-based media techniques and will be enhancing their critical understanding through the projects of Natural Forms and Portraiture. 

Below are some coursework examples from our Year 11 Photography students:

Miss G Morris

Head of Art & Design and Photography

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C.A.T. Faculty London Residential 2022

This Year, 23 Key Stage 4 students accompanied Miss Morris, Mrs Gerrard and Miss Scott for the annual CAT Faculty Residential to London.  During the visit, students experienced the delights of London which included visits to the Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and The Design Museum.

Our busy schedule also included a stroll down the famous Mall and tickets for the West End show ‘Wicked’ which was a delight to see. 

The trip was a wonderful success and plans are already in place for the next year’s residential. 

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art, Design and Photography

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UCLan – Degree Show Visit & Fashion Extravaganza

In addition to our Photography and Animation Workshop, we also took 15 Year 10 GCSE Art & Photography students to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to see the Degree Show and to engage with a fashion-themed workshop. 

The prestigious Degree Show was led by UCLan’s friendly student ambassadors who showcased the subject areas of Fine Art, Photography, Games Design, Animation, Fashion, Architecture and their numerous Foundation Diplomas.

Towards the end of the visit, we were able to see watch clips from UCLan’s amazing annual fashion show and took park in the ‘Banana Fashion Workshop’, developing clothing for the popular yellow fruit. 

We hope all students left the event feeling inspired and we look forward to visiting next year!

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art

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UCLan – Photography & Animation Workshop / Campus Tour

This term, 30 Year 9 and Year 10 GCSE Photography students visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as part of our Higher Education enrichment offer.  As a faculty, we have long standing ties with local colleges and sixth forms, however, this event was established to raise awareness of higher education and the breadth of courses on offer.

The visit was an amazing day for our students!  We toured around the campus, spoke with current undergraduates and saw highlights from their prestigious Degree Show, currently on exhibition.  Students were able to observe the vast array of courses on offer at UCLan and partake in two themed workshops exploring animation stills and self portraits.

We hope all students enjoyed the day and we look forward to re-visiting UCLan next year!

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art

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GCSE Art Exhibition 2022

On Friday the 1st July, parents, staff, students and friends have the chance to see the talented work of our GCSE Art & Design students during the private viewing event at 3.30pm-6.00pm.  The GCSE Art & Photography Exhibition is set to showcase a range of stunning sketchbooks and design boards as part of the Art & Design coursework. 

During the Festival of Performance and Arts 2022, year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students will also be invited to visit the exhibition during their lessons all week and gain inspiration for their studies.  

May I take this opportunity to thank all the Year 11 Art & Design students and Year 11 Photography students for their hard work, dedication and commitment this year. 

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher of Art

Year 7/8/9 KS3 British Science Week / School Winners / STEM Fortnight

Last term, as part of STEM fortnight, KS3 pupils worked hard to create a series of informative posters for British Science Week.  This year’s theme was based on ‘growth’ and there was strong competition from all year groups.  Well done to everyone who entered their designs.  Here are the PGHS winners:

Miss Morris

Lead Teacher for Art & Design

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Photography Students Explosion Sketchbooks

Year 10 Photographers have nearly concluded their Abstract Nature projects and over the Easter, developed their explosion sketchbook samples.  Here are some of their colourful folding displays:

All student portfolios can be seen live through our Art & Photography website:  https://gmorris85penworthamgirls.weebly.com/

Mrs Morris

Lead Teacher for Art & Design

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UCLAN – Private View Saturday Club Exhibition

Last term, I had the privilege to see some of our talented young artists professionally exhibit their work as part of the UCLAN Saturday Art Club.  The Saturday Club was about developing inspirational artists and giving students an opportunity to be inventive, creative and to develop their ideas.

Lubaina Himid CBE, officially opened the event and it was a delight to see all the hard work of pupils from the local community.  Below are some pictures from the exhibition.  Well done to everyone who took part!

Miss Morris
Lead Teacher for Art & Design

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Textiles Workshop at Newman College – Year 10

We had a very successful afternoon at Newman College this term.  This included a number of students from across the CAT Faculty groups from GCSE Art & Design, Textiles and Photography.

We were very lucky to receive a guided tour of the Art studios and the Atrium Exhibition area, where there were some amazing artworks produced by the Art Foundation students. Our students were able to ask questions and enjoyed looking around the exhibition. It was a great opportunity for our students to see what the options are for them within Art & Design and Textiles Post-16. An insight into college life was also very interesting and may help influence our student’s Post-16 choices.

Our workshop consisted of a whole afternoon in one of the specialist Textiles rooms, led by an experienced A-Level teacher. The specific nature of the workshop was experimentation of dysperse dyes used in conjunction with other design techniques. Our students were given the theme of ‘Natural Forms’ and were presented with their own pack of resources prepared by the college.

They were taught how to adapt photographs of Natural Forms into abstract patterns on fabric using the dysperse dye technique. Once students had their design transferred onto the fabric, they were then shown a variety of techniques to hand-embellish the designs with stitch and beading.

Our students were a credit to our school, working positively with the teachers at Newman, showing enthusiasm and really enjoying the workshop. A great afternoon was had by all and we look forward to working together with Newman on further trips such as this. 

Mrs Gerrard, Teacher of Art

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  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider