Students’ art, design and food workimpresses teachers and parents

Date: Friday 23rd June 2017
Design winner Craig Braithwaite with his grandfather clock which doubles as a secure gun cabinet.
Design winner Craig Braithwaite with his grandfather clock which doubles as a secure gun cabinet.

THERE was a fabulous atmosphere at a very well attended art, design and technology and food open evening at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School.

Bridget Sutton whose work had a Red Riding Hood theme.
Bridget Sutton whose work had a Red Riding Hood theme.
Sarah Thornborrow with her artwork, using ideas from her great-grandfather, John Thornborrow, who was a Tebay artist.
Sarah Thornborrow with her artwork, using ideas from her great-grandfather, John Thornborrow, who was a Tebay artist.

The annual event brings together the school’s art and technology departments for an evening of celebration where parents, pupils past and present and the local community can view the work on show from GCSE students in the areas of fine art, art and design, food technology and product design, as well as A-level art work.

Suzie Wealleans, head of art and design, said: “Once again the event was very well attended, the relaxed and informal evening proving to be a lovely environment to celebrate the hard work that the students put in to these subjects.”

Comments were made by visitors about the high standard of work on show in all three subject areas.

In the art displays, the students took on some very individual and challenging themes, displaying final outcomes in printing, textiles, painting, drawing, photography and 3-D.

Product design work ranged from can crushers to iPod docking stations and jewellery boxes.

“The commitment and determination of the students was once again clearly on show,” said Mrs. Wealleans.

In addition, Upper Eden Rotary Club design awards were judged on the night. In first place was Craig Braithwaite for his stunning gun cabinet in the form of a grandfather clock; second was Josh Bainbridge for his Eaves-inspired cabinet; and third Nathan Wolstenholme for his can crusher.

Visitors viewed a rolling powerpoint of some of the food produced by GCSE food technology students and were treated to some delicious canapés made in the food department by year 10 students Lucy Atkinson, Rachel Bland, Aimee Howarth, Ashah Nelson, Matthew Ousby and Sam Sudder, overseen by food technology teacher Miss Joanne Baker, and assisted by Rouanne Coulthard.

“The quality and presentation of the food would not have looked out of place at a high class corporate event,” added Mrs. Wealleans.

Mrs. Wealleans, Kevin Gough, head of DT, and food technology teacher Joanne Barker expressed their pride at the achievements of all students and thanked parents for their continued support.