GCSE Creative Arts Week
In contrast to previous years, GCSE Creative Arts Week 2014 was informed by the students’ achievements toward the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Our Year-10 students had spent the previous week on the Sussex Downs and while on this trip were required to accumulate photographs, recordings and memorabilia, in order to collate this information for a one-week intensive Creative Arts project on their return. Enthusiasm prevailed and with much discussion, anecdotes and descriptions of their adventures they embarked on visually interpreting these by creating montages for their project, entitled ‘The Journey is the Destination’. This was inspired by the photojournalist, activist and artist, Dan Eldon, whose own legacy lives on through the vast number of his notebooks and journals that hold vivid memories of his colourful and dynamic but sadly short-lived life in Africa. Having gained inspiration from watching a film on his life, students were taught to use Photoshop to alter, embellish and highlight specific aspects of their materials, so that each student could bring their own individual experience to the project. Students were encouraged to also record their experiences in written form, and to select specific text that evoked and further emphasised particular memories. They then effectively incorporated these using scanning and Photoshop techniques as well, in order to convey key aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, whilst producing, banners, cups and T-shirt designs. To complete their work, the students each carefully prepared a short formal talk and presentation of their achievements and confidently delivered these – wearing their own specially designed Duke of Edinburgh Award T-shirt – to parents, tutors, the Duke of Edinburgh Award official assessor, and Vice-Principal John Southworth, who took them on the expedition.