Whitton School goes BIG on UK ARTS WEEK

The very Image of LearningAsk most students, after a gruelling four day session on the same project, to smile for a great team picture, and they usually will, ever-tolerant of the adult world eager to get another PR shot for yet another National UK Scheme.

Ask the Whitton Crew and like a shot they descend upon the camera guy with all the vitality of a Class ready to tackle another four days.

BIG ARTS WEEK was full of creative thinking this year at Whitton School, resulting in oodles of work from pencil sketches of knitted noodles to refined illuminated illustration – all to support the re-work of a booklet about the School’s 300 year old History.

History can be a bit ancient at times but the Whitton School History Books will find it hard to forget the amazing work they produced over this week because it is being put into an updateable ring bound folder and placed for all to see, maybe for the next 300 years (?).

In the words of one Student, Abigail Green :

“I really enjoyed doing this (book) 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, UK educationalists working for the government, realise the value of teaching pupils to culture a 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.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Re-cycling our thoughts, to avoid a future ooze

Re-cycling our thoughts, to avoid a future oozeThis ‘Potting Shed’ at HoBB Real, was re-built from a coal store, which in part was once a pig sty, and then clad with ‘twin wall sheeting’ which once covered a bus shelter.

All shelving inside was originally Welsh Oak off-cuts sold as firewood, and the etched ‘vitruvian man picture window’ (by John Eley) is on loan from an exhibition entitled “The Water Palace”.

Re-cycling is not new. Non re-cycling is new.

Materials have always been re-used and it is natural to make the most of everything we have. Historically, the cost of a repair was cheaper than the cost of a new replacement but this rule is less so these days.

‘Wastefulness’ is being promoted

We should all refuse to accept the idea of refuse. Labelling things as ‘waste’ is rubbish if someone can think of a use for them.

Trashy goods are the real trash

“White Gloves” are on record as the first UK goods to be produced with inbuilt obsolescence and we handed this manufacturing disease onto the rest of the World. It is a disease and it does needs a cure.

The Obligation
Life on Earth, as we know it, is able to exist under only one set of environmental conditions, namely ‘in balance’. We will not get much further into our future by tipping this balance. If we are obstinate and continue to buy trashy goods to no avail, we will produce a future wasteland – ‘devoid of aesthetical, intellectual and spiritual richness’.

But ‘true recycling’ means re-thinking our production and consumption thoughts.

I feel it’s pointless for a species to outwear its only Earth home. We have come a long way from our primordial ooze and must all work to dissuade those amongst us from taking us closer to any future ooze.

Those who care, make waves ~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant