Illuminating art exhibition of pupils’ work

An exhibition of artwork from every pupil at Ipswich Prep School, from the Nursery to Year 6, took place on Monday 4 July to celebrate the creative achievements of pupils at the school.

The exhibition, called illuminating art, also celebrated the anniversary of the opening of the two Prep School buildings – as 2016 marks 20 years since the Lower Prep was opened and 10 years since the Upper Prep was opened.

Mrs Amanda Childs, Head of Ipswich Prep, explained that the new buildings had provided some great opportunities for art at the school, which is why an art exhibition had been chosen to celebrate the anniversaries.  She said: “The Upper Prep building in particular has a purpose built art room which is light and airy, and which leads out onto a covered terrace to support outdoor learning, with amazing views over Ipswich and beyond. Along with specialist art teaching, it really helps pupils to develop their artistic skills.”

She added: “We wanted to place an emphasis on art as part of the creative curriculum which we offer at Ipswich Prep, which also includes music and drama.  The variety of work on display in the exhibition demonstrates just how much confidence children can have in their creative abilities with the right support and encouragement.”

The artwork on display included drawings, paintings, prints and textiles, with some 3D clay sculptural reliefs and tiles.  In the foyer of the Upper Prep building there were two presentations showing the results of an art project called “What Are You Like?!” and the chance to take a selfie in a photo frame. In total there were over 300 items in the exhibition, which was curated by Upper Prep art teacher Amanda Warren, and the Lower Prep art lead Annabelle Ryan.

Parents and families were invited to attend with their children, and there was a VIP reception in the evening which including some of the visiting artists who had worked in the Prep School and two of the former head teachers.

Amanda Childs said: “What has been most exciting about the exhibition is seeing the enthusiasm of the children, not only to find their own piece of art, but also to find and appreciate those of their friends.”

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