Our annual creative event began within the Master’s Lodge, amongst a deeply engaging exhibition of recent monoprints devoted to the super moon. Created by Head of Art, Edward Twohig, these prints provide a captivating memoir of both the unique light of this entrancing satellite, and a record of his observations throughout the first lockdown in 2020.
Initial conversations focused on building further creative links and initiatives between our Art Departments. I had the pleasure in introducing the proposal of a Prep School Art Exhibition, which could be held in the Mount House Gallery. All participants were keen to be involved, and certainly look forward to hearing about future details for this enticing initiative.
A mid-morning workshop concentrating on responding, through drawing, to works of art within gallery settings was welcomed by all. Our visitors appreciated time to observe the artwork on display within the elegance of the Master’s Lodge, along with an opportunity to share experiences of working amidst the recent lockdowns.
Edward Twohig led a discussion on our current Art Scholarship programme, alongside recommendations and requirements for all Art applications for Year 9 scholarship entry; swiftly followed by the exciting news of the newly created Robin Child Bursary.
Prior to lunch, our Marlborough College art teacher and artist Jon Duplock provided an absorbing walk-and-talk regarding his most recent collection of paintings presented within the Mount House Gallery. Guests were fascinated by the richness of Jon’s mark-making and the recent change in direction of his creative aesthetic.
For the afternoon session, the sharing of creative initiatives continued into our workshop sessions. Our guests were able to join one of two experimental printmaking activities, led by Edward Twohig and myself. Both groups worked with determination to explore and create unique fine art prints. It is pleasing to note that the techniques covered could be taken back to our guests’ classrooms, to share with their pupils.
Thank you to all who attended our creative day, much was gained by those who joined us at the College and equally by beaks who gave talks, presentations or workshops. We will certainly look forward to our next symposium.
Head of Visual Arts Promotion