Archives for category: Trips

Beautiful work created by our Year 8 students today at Reading University. This morning the students made felt biscuits using a variety of stitch techniques. This afternoon students have made biscuits out of clay, above you will see they are drying ready to go in the kiln.

Year 12 Photography students went on their first field trip of the year to the Cole Museum of Zoology, located within Reading University. Students had to think carefully about the technical aspects of photographing preserved specimens and taxidermy through glass, but all approached the task with creative endeavour!  Students will use these photographs to respond to their brief studying Surrealism. We look forward to seeing their ‘dream like’ responses!


Back in July Year 12 & 13 Art and Design and Media students went to St Ives to start their coursework projects in July. Students visited a range of galleries including the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. Art students took part in a practical ceramic workshop recreating the St Ives coast line in relief. Media students were shown around by Shanty Baba, a local story teller who became the star of their documentary. The Minack open air theatre provided the perfect back drop for students to enjoy Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and an evening spent at ‘La Frowda’ festival of light was the perfect end to a memorable trip.


Year 12 and 13 Textiles students attended the Knit & Stitch show at Alexandra Palace this October which featured a unique range of professionally curated Textile Artists such as Tilleke Schwarz, Dorothy Caldwell, James Hunting, Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn. This was perfect inspiration for their AS & A2 projects.

Year 12 and 13 Textiles Students attended the Knit and Stitch show which this year featured the work of the 62 Group whose members have inspired many projects delivered in the Textiles department. Another highlight was meeting Mr X Stitch whose blog I have been following for many years. He was showcasing some original and highly creative textile pieces, including a piece by Tilleke Schwartz that the students recognised from books – it was fantastic to actually see it in real life!

Miss Ince and I took year 12 and 13 Textiles students to the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace in October.

This is the second year we have visited the exhibition, which showcases recent textile graduate work along with more established textile artists such as Jan Beaney. This provides a rare opportunity to speak to the makers themselves, discovering their techniques and concepts first hand.

In addition there are plenty of ‘pop up shops’ where you can buy specialist textile equipment. I was excited to buy some treatment for fabric which turns it into the equivalent of photosensitive paper.

A highlight for me was to meet Gwen Hedley, author of Drawn to Stitch from which I have taken many inspirations for projects.

Miss Richardson

Gwen Hedley 'Excerpts from a Visual Diary'

Diana Springall, detail from 'Pat Coen Memorial'

Detail from Jean Bennett's installation