The Pat Eastop Education Project
The Way We See - a study of Shaw House
A 3-day project based at Shaw House and New Greenham Arts
Funded by The Greenham Common Trust
- To help students understand the historical significance of Shaw House.
- To introduce different art techniques to help students practise looking more closely.
- Fun and success for each pupil, working 'in the style of John Piper'.
Who took part?
- A mixed-ability class of 14 Year 7 students (age 11) and staff from St. Bartholomew's school
- Isabel Carmona (Lead Artist) and John Brazendale (Project Organiser) from Open Studios
- Sarah Orr and Alex Godden from West Berkshire Council Archaeology Service
The sun shone brightly on our first day at Shaw House. Informative talks by Sarah and Alex introduced students to the history and importance of the building. The development of the exterior was explained, and how Shaw House relates to its surroundings.
During the afternoon, Isabel and John set a series of experimental drawing tasks and were impressed by the students’ engagement and quality of work. Many pieces demonstrated enthusiasm for trying out new things.
The project challenged the students’ understanding of art as new approaches to drawing were introduced on Day 2 at New Greenham Arts. Drawing 'Half Blind' and 'Drawing Blind' held no fears for these adventurous artists. John Piper's techniques were explored, new painting techniques demonstrated, and collage added. Pupils experimented, producing some exciting pieces, then used new skills to create finished A1 size pieces.
The excitement mounted on Day 3 as two further tasks, based on drawings made at Shaw House, were completed. The students visited the art exhibition in the New Greenham Arts gallery and responded thoughtfully to our questions. Their responses to an evaluation survey are attached to this report.
An exhibition of pupil’s work was mounted at St. Bartholomew’s School for pupils, staff and parents. The exhibition private view was attended by the Mayor of Newbury, members of the Greenham Common Trust and staff leading this year's project.
Pat Eastop Education Project Organiser and Chair of Open Studios