Just over 500 years ago, a new pope, Julius II, ordered the decoration of the Sistine Chapel to be updated. He commanded artist (and Ninja Turtle namesake) Michelangelo to undertake the task. To even begin to paint the ceiling, he first had to build a scaffold over 40 feet high. He painted, looking up at the ceiling and atop the scaffold, for four years. It was a Herculean task that cemented Michelangelo's place in art history.
Last week, our Year 11 artists undertook their own huge challenge – a 10-hour PPE, split over two days, the week after examinations in other subjects. It required discipline, motivation, and belief in the value of a job well done. The Year 11 artists glazed their 3D clay sculptures, the designs of which drew many admirers in the corridors, as staff and students alike wanted to sneak a peek at the ceramic constructions inspired by the natural world. After five hours of glazing, the students moved onto sketchbook tasks, working through a diverse range of activities, such as drawing, printmaking, and photography. All students worked tirelessly through a PPE of Sistine proportions. Well done to each and every one of them.
Miss Gascoigne, Head of Creative, Performing Arts & Technology