Whitton School goes BIG on UK ARTS WEEK

The very Image of LearningBIG ARTS WEEK at Whitton School, resulted in ‘oodles‘ of pencil sketches, heaps of questions about technique and career opportunities, and the production of a series of illuminated illustrations – all in readiness to celebrate the School’s 300 years.

History can feel a bit ancient at times but the Whitton School History Books will, from this day, hold an unforgettable collection of amazing work produced over this art week with artist in residence, Grant.

All the work of the pupils over the week-long art workshop (designed by Peter Scott M.A.) will be compiled in a updateable ring bound folder and placed for everyone to see in the school’s reception area – maybe for the next 300 years!

In the words of one Student, Abigail Green :

“I really enjoyed doing this project and thinking that it might be around in 300 years time. Thinking of the people reading it in 300 years that might be thinking of those people who made it is really interesting. If anyone in the year 2304 reads this, think of us”.

“I only hope that before the year 2304 arrives, all educationalists will promote the value of teaching pupils to culture their creative outlook. Without the ability to imagine that extra mile, horizons, to many, can seem too far off and daunting. Those able to visualise the path ahead, with its potential obstacles, are better prepared from the outset and more fully equipped for the journey forward” said Grant.

(Grant has worked with Peter Scott on the Image of Learning project, Museum in the Classroom and the ebrain. He now works with World of Water, an educational charity dedicated to sharing knowledge about good water use through research, storytelling and round table discussions)

Further reading:
Full work history, bios and ways for your school to learn more at the World of Water site



BRANCH TENET (Uncatalogued 2001) :
(Fort Tune Flight)

Calum, (nee Dour)  – big mogul o’er
the Planet’s Media scene,
researched to do the scoopiest scoop
– the biggest ever seen!

“I’ll make a million / coin a mint,
all in one afternoon,
– with telescope and camera
and ticket to Dunoon.”

Far off the shore, of Loch Needmoor,
as said a leaked Report,
a gene soup nest of escapees
were living in a fort.

Their leader was a bloke gone wrong,
the locals called Nar Whilly,
– a sheep-duck-man-duck-sheep back cross
who’d gone a little silly.

He loved his fellow creatures,
though little else was clear,
whatever brought him to this spot,
whatever keeps him here.

Calungi Dour upped anchor,
in his patchwork Quilt Balloon.
“I’ll make it ‘cross those waters,
if I rise above Fort Tune!”

But on that day, Nar Whilly Bang
was oot te bring him doon,
an’ in that watery deepy Loch
he wanted Dour te droon.

Wi’ Cannon Ball all Cherry Red
and recipes fer doom,
he was prepared te fight and win
te keep his shantytoon.

“Where would the one armed octopus
and two legged glow ball go,
if Dour came here and made the place
into a media show”?

And that’s the News this very hour
who’ll win we do not ken,
– we can’t collate tomorrow’s truth
through pictures, speech or pen.

If all put fortune on their path
For nowt but private gain,
that Cherry that we call ‘Tomorrow’s’ flawed
– so think again!


(Grant  1996)

From our original site on geocities now archived at http://www.oocities.org/hobb_it/entrer/home/9/fort_tune/fort_tune.html

A very big thank you to the following for their help and support
in putting together the 1996 launch exhibition of the Nine Tenets at Café Surf, Birmingham, UK :

The Priory Hospital                                     Rob Sharl and Charlotte Carey
Webster & Horsfall                                       Cleftbridge Coatings Ltd
Bill Houle                                                         Mark Pace
Tom Leonard (newwave/arts)                 Esther Nicklin
Jim Bottomley                                               Rob Ellis
Siobain Drury                                                 The Alcopop Book of Records
Raymond Rweyemann                               Steve at Creative FibreGlass
Helen Wallis (The Gardens)                      Jon (Mitch) Mitchell
Peter Scott (Image of Learning)              WoW – GREEN FLAG Events
Mandi Compton                                            Joyce Latham
Tom Houle                                                       Simon Levitt
Simon Mansfield                                           Dave Clarke Associates
Bill at Selly Oak Engineering