During Science Week 2023, the Art and Design team took on the challenge to produce ‘Feel The Atmosphere’ inspired artwork. The aim was to produce work which could then be used to add the appropriate finishing touches to our incredible new Senior Science Labs.
Led by Mr Durman, Mr McCaul and Mr Handley, students from Yr 8 and 9 well and truly rose to the challenge.
“The title for Science Week 2023 was ‘Feel the Atmosphere’. To relate ‘atmosphere’ to Art to depict its ever changing force of energy in the skies above as artists, we turned to the impassioned paintings of impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. All of the Y8 classes combined forces to create abstract artwork using oil pastels: vivid colours with overlapping layers and swirls. The best work was then selected for external printing, beautiful 1m x 1m student master pieces. An exhilarating project which combined the best of Art, Science and DT” writes Mr Durman.
Mr Neville added “My thanks go to the Art and Design team for their energy and creativity. The Science staff were very keen that our new labs not only provide an environment that supports the very highest levels of science education, but also inspires and makes students feel comfortable and calm. Labs by design will often be very sterile environments but the science classroom must be warm and thought provoking. It is also very important to us that students embrace the natural relationships that exist between school subjects, Everywhere you look in Science, there is Art. Now we have colourful evidence of this in our DBS labs”
Mae Jemison, the American Engineer, Physician and former NASA Astronaut, who we recently discussed during Black History Month, said this on Art and Science;
“Sciences provide an understanding of a universal experience, Arts are a universal understanding of a personal experience… they are both a part of us and a manifestation of the same thing… the arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity”
As the first African-American woman to travel into Space, I think she is someone to listen to!