Artists on show
Arden’s annual Visual Arts Showcase displayed the creative and practical talents emerging at the Secondary School, with the mature artworks of Year 12 students and the budding talents of Year 10 students (and their “Arden Archies” entries) being highlights.
Discussing the Arden Archies (where students paint a portrait of a staff member), Mrs Elizabeth Owen, Head of Visual Arts at Arden, explained: “I hope to encourage the students to engage with the Arden community and staff and inspire them to feel like ‘real artists’. Giving them a public forum will challenge their artmaking practice and perception of the audience and the world.”
Year 10 student Edward Lawn chose his Music Teacher, Mrs Philippa Wood, as the subject for his work. Edward’s portrait is painted using Acrylic paint on canvas. The reference to bamboo in the portrait was used by Edward to symbolise Mrs Wood’s role in the successful Arden 2014 China Music Tour and his planned participation in the 2017 China tour.