BUZZ! SUMMER 2015
Community Arts Newsletter
Fresh ideas for a creative community
WINTER EDITION 2010
Hello and welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of Buzz! In this edition we are
delighted to keep you informed about all the exciting activities happening at
Priestlands and involving the surrounding community.
Year 9 Project: Creature masks
Students combined various animal features to create fantastical and strange
creatures which were then made into card masks.
Year Group 8. Project: Self-portrait
Students created mixed media self-portraits that were inspired by Gustav Klimt’s
patterned and stylised portraits.
Print Making Workshop
The art department held a printmaking workshop after school for our able and
talented students to learn a new skill. Students learnt about monoprinting and
collagraph and made up designs based on sea creatures and landscapes.
Monoprinting involved cutting a stencil out of paper, inking up over the top. The
stencil was then removed and inked with a different colour and used to print again
to fill the void space.
For Collagraph students made up a printing plate out of textures and wallpapers.
It was sealed with varnish and then inked up to produce textured landscapes.
YEAR 7 CERAMICS
Year 7 have been creating ceramic mosaic bugs and creatures as part of their
‘Formal Elements’ project. They used a laser cut stencil as a template and then
built up clay shapes as their mosaic tiles. It was fired in the kiln and they then
worked with a colourful range of glazes on top of Black Iron Oxide to give it an
aged effect. All students enjoyed experimenting with new materials and glazes
that gave them an insight into the 3D art course
Year 10 GCSE Three Dimensional Design
Students created three dimensional
responses in a variety of different media
Project: Colour theory and painting with Year 7
Students learned about colour theory and mixing colours and painting techniques
with the final outcome being a Wasily Kandinsky inspired painting.
Key Stage 2 Outreach Art Project
The Art department has been busy visiting various primary schools in the
catchment area this year. Year 5 and 6 students have been studying
Narrative Painting, in particular the work of Aboriginal artists. As a result of
their research, mind mapping and symbol design skills, students created
Aborigine inspired narrative paintings of their own, based on the journeys
that they take every day from home to school.
Priestlands Pop Up Exhibition – St Barbe Museum
Once again the turn out by the general public, students and parents at the Art Exhibition at St
Barbe was overwhelming!
The work in this year's show was produced by a range of Year 9, 10 and 11 students.
The Theme was: People, Places and Spaces.
The three judges, Amanda Crook, Head of Art, Steve Marshall, Exhibitions Curator and Peter
Gilbert, local artist, selected the three winning pieces from the Exhibition.
The winners were:
Olivia Pegg for her self-
Emily Duncan for her
lino print; and
Alice Smethurst for her
shaded portrait in a
The music department was really busy during Activities Week preparing a piece for
a performance on the last day of the week.
Future Music Events
25th June – Priestlands Pyramid Vocal Morning
7th July – 7pm to 8pm – Year 8 Song Competition
Sound Waves at the Turner Sims
In a project sponsored by ArtsWork South East and lead by the d.@rt Centre, partners from
Priestlands, Wildern, Berrywood, and Freegrounds Schools along with 15 retired members of
the local community, a community choir and musicians from Southampton University took our
proximity to the sea as a stimulus around which to devise a modern symphony. On Sunday,
8th March, all participants came together for a performance of the piece at The Turner Sims in
New Milton Music Festival
Once again Priestlands School were delighted to take part in the New Milton Music
Festival at Arnewood School. Great success again with the Strings group winning
their section with a distinction, the Steel Pans winning their section, and the Guitar
Group gaining a Merit.
Friday Guitar Group
We pleased to report that the Friday Guitar Group run with Hampshire Music
Services is going from strength to strength. The group, run by Paul Thomas,
meets at Pennington Junior School from 4.00–5.00pm. It is open to students
from 7 – 12 years old with a basic knowledge of playing the guitar. Should you
know anyone who would like to join please contact Gill Hastelow on 01590
613478 for details.
We are delighted to be able to run the Mini V project in conjunction with
Hampshire music Service. Run on a Thursday from 4.30pm students from our
feeder schools are invited to learn a string instrument in a group environment
without the expense of purchasing an instrument as these are kindly provided
by Hampshire Music Service.
New York 2015
Our annual drama trip to New York was
once again a resounding success despite it
being the coldest trip to date.
However, the cold weather did not disrupt
our sightseeing which included the Statue
of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and
the Bronx Zoo.
Once again students and staff had an
Our Year 11 GCSE Drama Group enjoyed a physical theatre workshop at The
Pineapple Dance Studios followed by a performance of The Curious Incident of a
Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre, London. The skills they learnt and
the West End Production were all used in reference to the students’ GCSE pieces.
AT PRIESTLANDS SCHOOL
GILL HASTELOW ON 01590 61347
in partnership with Hampshire
Music Service & Pennington Junior School
Acoustic Guitar Group.
4.00–5.00pm at Pennington Junior School
Open to students from 7 – 12 years old
Basic note reading skills or
beginners certificate is necessary.
Contact: Gill Hastelow
01590 613478 or
Priestlands School in partnership
with Hampshire Music Service
Would you like to learn a string instrument?
Would you like to borrow an instrument for free?
Would you like to join an orchestra?
Meet on a Thursday night at
Priestlands School from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
For further information contact
Gill Hastelow 01590 613478 or
We are pleased to announce that this year’s school
Performances will be on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th July
Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th July 2015
Summer Arts Drop in
This summer workshop provides all the materials
to let your artistic imagination run riot. Fun for all the family!
Monday 27th July, 10.00 – 12.00
£5 a child or £10 for a family
For ages 7 and above.
(younger children welcome if accompanied by an adult).
Come along to this workshop which allows children
to learn some basics of guitar playing borrowing our
school guitars. No experience necessary.
Tuesday 28th July, 9.30am – 11.30am
£5.00 per child £10 a family.
For ages 9 and above.
Electric Guitar Workshop
Workshop for electric guitarists grade 3 and above.
Improve your lead guitar techniques with Joe Dunwoody.
You will need to bring along your own guitar to this workshop.
Tuesday 28th July 12.15pm – 2.15pm
£5.00 per child £10 a family. For ages 9 and above.
“Manga” refers to comics drawn in a style based on Japanese
Art. Usually published in Japan. This Manga workshop can
help you get started with basic manga drawing techni