Creative Arts Academy workshops and talks

Posted: 15th December 2023

Our Creative Arts Academy is always a fantastically buzzing area of the Earlscliffe campus. Our teachers are passionate and integrate a wide variety of classroom activities (such as painting, illustrating, graphic design and textiles), with guest speakers and demonstrations to provide a truly broad appreciation of the arts.

One key demonstration this term was with local artist Shane Record. He spent a morning with our students, live painting a scene from The Leas (the promenade that runs above the coast, just a few minutes walk from the Earlscliffe buildings). Whilst he painted he answered the students questions about his personal experiences and the techniques that he applies.

The students are encouraged to participate in a range of art competitions to challenge themselves and continually strive for improvement.
Head of Art, Miss Whatley, feels that it is very important for students to understand not only artistic practicality, but also theory – our teachers are accomplished artists themselves and therefore share technique and skills as well as lots of creative energy.
We borrow from our fantastically arty location in Folkestone with the Creative Quarter in close proximity. It is a collection of designers, filmmakers, musicians, web developers and artists. The boutiques provide opportunity to see artists paint in their galleries. Once every three years the whole town transforms into one of the most ambitious art exhibitions in the whole of the UK. There is a packed itinerary of displays, workshops and performances running throughout the year.
One of our own art teachers is fundamental in organising this impactful event in 2023 and will fully integrate our art students into the activities.
Of course, we are also closely located to London and so make every opportunity of visiting the key art exhibitions and museums such as V&A, Tate Modern, and more.
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