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Thank you to everyone that entered this Terms Photography Competition: ‘What’s your Paradise’? We had some excellent entries but there can only be one winner for each category!

Parent Winner: Alex Pataca

Parent Runners Up: Jen Chapman and Steve Owen

Staff Winner: Mr Salberg

Staff Runners Up: Mrs Cox and Miss Venning

Student Winner: Ermira Rexhepi

Student Runners Up: Rhiann Harvord and Lola Pollard

Student Honourable Mentions: Kiera Sharp, Kade Gigg, Jake Fisher, Jack Laverick and Jane Winsor.

Textiles Workshop

Our final Summer workshop is running after school today 3:00-4:30pm in R108. We hope to see many staff and students there!

RP FINAL

Out of all the schools in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham, Waingels was chosen as one of six schools to take part in a project with the British Council and Totally Thames. The aim of The River Project is to get students to create a piece of art about their local area and their local river. The final piece will be exhibited on the banks of the Thames in London, and in Reading, as well as around the world. Each school selected is also partnered with a school in either Sierra Leone, Nigeria or Nepal to compare life and artwork between the two schools. Waingels has been partnered with Annal Jyoti School in Kathmandu, Nepal and the next stage is to share our work with them, and to look at our partner schools work in turn; learning about an alternative culture.

The idea behind the artwork came when researching about Reading and my Year 8 class realised how important the Huntley & Palmer biscuit factory was to building the town to what it is today. Houses and facilities were built to house the families working at the factory and even Reading Football Club began with workers from the factory, creating their nickname ‘The Biscuit Men’. The class enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with lots of different materials so we gave ourselves the challenge of creating as many biscuits as possible. Some of the class also attended a workshop day at Reading University with student teachers learning how to create felt and clay biscuits. The final artwork was inspired by the Huntley & Palmer biscuit tins; how identifiable they are and showcasing the biscuits that Reading was built on.

This was an amazing opportunity for Waingels and the Year 8s involved have been brilliant; creating exciting pieces of work and experimenting with new techniques, really making the final piece their own. They should be very proud of themselves as I am of them also.

A VIP event will be held in London for the students, staff and families to attend to see the unveiling of the work along the Thames which I will inform the participating students about when there are more details. When the exhibition has been opened, anyone can see the exhibition for free along the River Thames, more details to follow.

Drawing with Confidence

Our next Summer Workshop launches this week; Drawing with Confidence. Please sign up at the Art Office if this is something that you would be interested in taking part in.

Beautiful Natural Forms prints from our Print Making workshop this week. To create these positive and negative pieces students learned a variety of mono printing techniques such as burnishing and collage; with the use of wallpaper to help create textured backgrounds. To generate such refined pieces of work students used the printing press, this has allowed elements such as leaf veins to appear in more detail! I think you will agree that for first timers students have succeeded to created beautiful outcomes!

Students continued to engage in our Summer Workshops last week; with Miss Goldswain leading Wood Turning on Thursday 15th June. Was lovely to see staff members as well as students take part. Students practised a variety of techniques on the Wood Lathe and created some beautiful work.

Photoshop workshop

As well as Ms U’ren’s Print Making Workshop tomorrow we also have a Photoshop workshop lead by Mr Smith this Thursday 22nd June. Please sign up at the Art Office if this is something that interests you!