These strange and wonderful images are photograms created by students attending the weekly darkroom photography activity. They are created by putting objects directly on top of photographic paper under the enlarger, switching the enlarger on for a few seconds, then developing the print in the normal way. By removing objects mid-exposure, and using semi transparent objects, some really interesting results can happen. It is quite magical watching the prints develop.
Alongside the darkroom photography activity, which runs from 4.30pm to 6.00pm on Wednesdays, we run a glass making activity after school on Tuesday, a printmaking activity after school on Thursday, along with the life drawing class, which runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings and we also keep the art rooms open and staffed most lunchtimes. Plenty of opportunity for all – and especially perhaps those Fifth Form artists who have a deadline for their coursework portfolio at the end of this term!
Next week I'll be talking about the annual Monkton Wyld life drawing weekend, which we have run now every year for the past quarter century! It is without doubt my favourite art weekend of the year, and students always have a fantastic time, coming back with a stack of drawings to add to their art portfolios.
Head of Creative Art