Exploring Japanese Art
A Level Art and Design student Lara Hughes began a project exploring Japanese Art for the Gold Arts Award. The qualification encourages the student to take a leadership role and as such Lara organised a Japanese Masterclass for fellow students, which introduced them to the culture of Japan through art, literature and history.
"The event was designed to give students a chance to experience some aspects of Japan’s amazing and varied culture. We started the evening by trying some Japanese calligraphy. Mai, the Textiles technician at College, was fantastic at explaining some of the history of calligraphy to us before then showing us how to hold special calligraphy brushes and use the ink to create ‘characters’ and our own names in Japanese text. After this demonstration we listened to Polly Bodgener give an excellent discussion on her EPQ which looked in-depth at Japanese literature. Sarah Phillips from the History of Art department explained works by past and contemporary Japanese artists and their importance to a Western audience. Kelly Spargo, the Education Officer from the Japan Society led a really fun demonstration on how to make origami cranes. The evening was open to all students across the College and everyone had a fun time. I would like to especially thank Mai for her expertise and also everyone else involved in the organisation of the event including the Japan Society for the loan of materials and the IT department who helped with advertising."