DAVID SHEPHERD FOUNDATION – GLOBAL CANVAS ‘ENDANGERED’ 2020 COMPETITION ENTRY
This year Spratton Hall Art department has made a big effort to show pupils the work of as many artists as possible. When exploring David Shepherds paintings, pupils discovered how he used money from his work to save endangered species. Pupils collaborated with peers and shared thoughts. After looking at the piece by Frances Broomfield called, “Henri Rousseau’s Dream” one pupil thought we should have David Shepherd riding a tiger. As Frances Broomfield celebrated Henry Rousseau and his love for the jungle, we too wanted to celebrate the life and work of David Shepherd, in our piece “David Shepherd’s Dream.”
Pupils were empowered to research animal habitats and images to work together, taking control of the process and the development of the artwork. Looking at endangered animals mainly in Africa and Asia, but pupils also wanted to celebrate the Australian animals who have recently died in the bush fires.
Each class worked collaboratively to employ and fully exploit their creative skills to express their thoughts and feelings. Their research and work culminated in a large three-dimensional installation, using mainly recycled materials, which expresses their determination to create a sustainable future where life can flourish in harmony with the environment.
DAVID SHEPHERD FOUNDATION – GLOBAL CANVAS ‘INTO THE WILD’ 2018 COMPETITION ENTRY
Henrietta and Harriett in Year 7 researched ideas for ‘Into the Wild’ and came up with a woodland scene, because they felt our own English woodland is often over-looked, despite having interesting and wonderful wildlife. This canvas shows a Spratton Hall pupil at the edge of the forest looking ‘Into the Wild’, with a view to walking through the wood. We took this idea as a starting point and inspiration to create our own imaginary wild forest.
More Year 7 pupils came on board and made a plan for younger pupils to get involved: Year 3 made birds from fabric, glue and feathers; Year 4 twisted wire dragonflies and colourful butterflies with metallic fibres ironed together and Year 5 created leaves and the water for the lake. Art Clubs formed the mod-rock owls, the fish and forest animals. The core team of Year 7 pupils coordinated the painting of the canvas, machining on the trees and attaching everything to the canvas.
In PSHCE, Year 7 pupils looked in depth at how humanity has dominated our earth, driving some animals to extinction and pupils explored the need to act urgently.
Fantastic news received from the David Shepherd Competiton organisers, advising us that we have, yet again, been selected as finalists!
“Thank you so much for submitting Spratton Hall’s wonderful entry to this year’s Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition. This year we have received a record number of entries to the collaborative competition, involving over 4500 children from 15 countries! The standard of the work and the effort that has gone into creating it has been fantastic to see!
We are delighted to inform you that your entry has made it through to the final of the competition, huge congratulations! The final is being held at the Natural History Museum in London on Thursday March 15th 2018.”
SHREWSBURY SCHOOL ART & DESIGN TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION 2017
Congratulations to Phoebe Thomas and Ceara Cusiter who won 2nd and 3rd prizes at the Shrewsbury School Competition this year entitled ‘Organic/Mechanic’.
DAVID SHEPHERD FOUNDATION – GLOBAL CANVAS ‘OUR PRECIOUS PLANET’ 2017 COMPETITION ENTRY
From October 2016-February 2017, pupils in Reception to Year 5 have explored the question, “Why are animals so precious to us?”, they collaborated with peers and shared thoughts, focusing on the diversity of the animal kingdom. Feeling the sense of wonder at the incredible detail in each creature spiritually, morally, socially and creatively and the impact that the human race has had on them with some creatures living in danger or even extinct. Looking at how we store and keep the things most precious to us, the pupils came up with the idea of a giant jewellery box to keep small ceramic animals in which every child would make. Pupils made small animals to store in the large set of draws made from the cereal boxes used in our Breakfast Club. As we were making the box, one pupil said, “The draws should be in the shape of an elephant.” The elephant did not have enough room for all the ceramic animals so we also made a giant giraffe. Years 8 pupils were empowered to research animal habitats, finding out why and how we need to keep these animals precious. A Year 5 English class also wrote short poems on this theme.
Pupils have expressed their thoughts and feelings on how precious the animal kingdom is to us all.
DAVID SHEPHERD FOUNDATION – GLOBAL CANVAS ‘WILD WONDERS’ 2016 COMPETITION ENTRY
During January and February pupils throughout Spratton Hall have explored the question, ‘What are the real wonders of our world?’. They collaborated with peers and shared thoughts, focusing on the diversity of the animal kingdoms, from the tiny ant to the giant whale. Feeling the sense of wonder at the incredible detail in each creature spiritually, morally, socially and creatively and the impact that the human race has had on them with some creatures living in danger or even extinct. Pupils were empowered to work on their own, researching animal habitats and images to work from, taking control of the process and the development of the artwork.
Each form worked collaboratively to employ and fully exploit their creative skills to express their thoughts and feelings. Their research and work culminated in a large canvas which includes their poetry, words and paintings of their favourite animals and collectively building five large animal heads in ceramics. The whole of Pre-Prep sang Elvis Presley’s song, ‘The Wonder of You’ for our presentation. Pupils have shown their determination to express the animal wonders of our world.
The leopard shoots towards his pray like a bullet from a gun.
The lion’s roar is a clap of thunder across the plain.
The hyena chuckles menacingly amongst his scheming pack.
The snake hisses as he slithers through the grass.
Like a bellowing boulder, the white rhino stubbornly stampedes towards his hollering herd as the tempest grimaced over the plain.
By Zander Watson
DAVID SHEPHERD FOUNDATION – GLOBAL CANVAS 2015 COMPETITION WINNERS
On Thursday the 19th of March, a group of us from Spratton Hall School went to the Natural History Museum in London for the David Shepherd Foundation Global Canvas Competition 2015. We displayed and organised our artwork on the theme, ‘We Can Heal Our World’. We had a chance to look at other schools amazing creations. There were so many ways of interpreting this message. After lunch we all went into the Theatre. We were bowled over the cute baby elephant sanctuary talk and learnt how the Foundation has made a difference. We were inspired by David Shepherd’s passion and commitment to help preserve endangered wildlife. Shortly afterwards, the competition announcement came – we had won first place! We all went up to receive our prize and had our photograph taken with David Shepherd and Michaela Strachan. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to talk the judges about how we had worked across the curriculum and the changes we have made in our school towards a more sustainable future. We can honestly say that today has been one of the most interesting and exciting school days we have ever experienced.
By Hugo Hunt, Olympia Onslow and Imogen Day