15 Apr 2014

Art Camp 2014

The annual College Art Camp took place from the 4th to the 6th April at the beautifully located Imire game sanctuary in Marondera.

The four art teachers were excited to have the Form 4, Lower and Upper 6 boys spend endless hours observing and drawing the varied scenery and to have them have the chance to be wholly motivated by the inspirations Imire has to offer.

This was definitely an opportunity to experience creativity outdoors and feel ‘one’ with nature. Including having close encounters with rhino, jumbo, buffalo, zebra, warthog, impala, quite a large (5m) croc, a whole lot of mombies (very curious ones) and, oh yes, a snake…..in a bag. Whittaker’s bag. We think it was a boom slang !!

We are pleased to say that the boys responded well and got down to some impressive sketching, painting, photographing and collecting of reference material to work off either back at camp or once back at school. It must be stated that it is not easy to paint plein air as one has to paint quickly and be highly organized and confident. It is a refreshing and invigorating activity but one that needs lots of practice. Well done to the boys who tried. Sketching and drawing was definitely an easier option and some great drawings were captured in a relatively short amount of time. We are looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.

The boys were able to constructively assess one another’s work. We came to the verdict that we need to have a longer time away in future so that the students can really get into their work, be able to experiment more and to be able to finish a developed portfolio of work more effectively. It’s a pity to have to finish off such inspirational work in the classroom.

All in all we felt the art experience was great for the boys as they seem to be way calmer and settled working outdoors instead of being cooped up in a classroom. They interacted well with each other and experienced great camaraderie and laughter.

So as a department, we will continue to work towards raising funds for an outdoor studio that the art students can benefit from. Well done to all involved in making the camp successful and thanks to James for packing our art ’goodie box’ with so much care.

The Staff
ST JOHN’S ART DEPT

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