Art Galleries

Welcome to St John’s Art Gallery

Take a tour and see what our students have been working on this year. Use the arrows to scroll through. Right-click on the images and select “Fullscreen” to see them full-size.

Art Gallery Term 4 2023-2024

Year 8 students in Mrs Spokes’s class have produced some great work this term, in response to studying Guernica by Picasso.


Art Gallery Term 3 2023-2024

Mrs Spokes and Mrs Tin’s Year 9 group made some fantastic Day of the Dead inspired shrines before Christmas. They are very colourful and students added a lot of detail.

Mrs Tin’s Year 10 class finished their Cubist inspired clay pieces by decorating them with bronzed acrylic paint. There is a huge amount of detail on these pieces, which are based on different viewpoints and angles of the same objects.

Year 10 students in Mrs Spokes class have been producing work inspired by Leif Podhajsky, manipulating imagery using ICT and taking photos of ink dispersing in water.

Year 12 students have created work that developed the idea of ‘responding to stimuli’ – this time listening to music and making, often abstract work, in response. Many of the students also enjoyed exploring the idea of using lyrics for inspiration too and others have created drawings of musicians and musical instruments. The students have ended up with a really eclectic mix of work!


Art Gallery Term 2 2023-2024

In Ms Steenbergen’s Year 7 classes, students have completed their Frida Kahlo inspired self-portraits. They have used a mixture of pencil, watercolours and colouring pencil  to create them.

Year 8 students have been studying symbolism and creating their own coat of arms design and then building up using cardboard relief.

Miss O’Brien’s Year 9 students have been working on their Day of the Dead Skull drawings (9P1 & 9W4).

Mrs Tin’s Year 10 class have worked on a range of projects this term, including taking and manipulating photos, chalk and charcoal and biro drawings of Picasso’s animal drawings. More recently the class has studied musical instruments in a cubist style and made Cubist style clay relief pieces using images that the students chose themselves.


Art Gallery Term 1 2023-2024

Examples of our GCSE final art and textiles work from the summer series 2023

Year 9 have been drawing Masks from a variety of Non Western Cultures. They have embellished their drawings with patterns relevant to the cultures chosen.

Year 10 GCSE students with Mrs Tin and Miss O’Brien have been studying Picasso and focussing on his Blue Period. They have researched, made copies of his work and then begun to create their own pieces based on their own photographs using tones of Blue. Beautiful work – a great start to their GCSE course.

Year 12 Art and Design students have been making work in response to the Surrealist and Dada movements. They began by making collages – choosing fairly random images to collage, and have developed them into mono-prints, paintings, drawings and computer generated images. So creative and so many beautiful pieces.


Art Gallery Term 6 2022-2023

Mrs Tin’s Year 7 students have been working on a environment-themed project, making drawings and colleges using a variety of different materials including recycled materials. Themes have been based on fish, bugs and other animals.

Mrs Spokes Year 7 class

Year 8 students World Culture project. Mrs Tin’s class have made drawings of fantasy houses and streets inspired by the illustrator Rob Dunlavey. They’ve also been creating large scale work based on our own school building – developing them using patterns and colours found in patterns from around the world.

Year 8 students in Mrs Spokes class have been making 3D towers based on Gaudi’s architectural pieces using bright colourful patterns.

Year 9’s project is called Words and both Mrs Tin & Miss O’Brien have been inspired by music icons and lyrics to create pieces. Mrs Tin’s class made observational drawings and then developed them in the style of painter, Stella Vine and Miss O’Brien’s class used a stencil and added lyrics afterwards. They look really effective!

Miss O’Brien’s Year 9 class used a stencil and added lyrics afterwards.


Art Gallery Term 5 2022-2023

Art Club: The KS3 art club for the last two terms has been run by Mrs Rushby. Students have enjoyed working with clay to make pinch-pot animals and have also created lots of work to do with other natural forms using oil pastels and chalk and charcoal. It has been lovely to see the group of 20 or so artists build their skills and confidence as the time has gone on.

Arts Award: Year 8 students have worked incredibly hard the last few terms on their Arts Award projects. Most recently, this involved students teaching a skill to someone else and writing this up in their sketchbooks and included workshops on acrylic, watercolour and graffiti style writing. We have been so impressed with the exciting outcomes they have made, well done year 8.

French and German Exchange – Whilst the French and German exchange visitors were over in April they each enjoyed participating in an example Art lesson. The German Students spent time with Mr Harrison creating simple monoprints of celebrities inspired by Andy Warhol and the French students spent time with Mrs Tin  creating brightly coloured circular patterned designs inspired by the artist, Pacita Abad.

Access to Art in the curriculum is, apparently, fairly restricted in both countries so the students really enjoyed being able to use different materials in a creative manner!

Year 10 work – Both groups of GCSE students are now working independently in their sketchbooks, beginning to develop ideas on a topic of their own choosing. Students have been recording their early ideas by creating mindmaps, moodboards and taking lots of their own photographs. They are beginning to create drawings and paintings based on these now and are really enjoying working in this independent way. Well done Year 10!

Year 12 work – Both groups of Art and design A’Level students are now working independently – creating work based on their own ideas and taking inspiration from a huge variety of sources! Students have been being ambitious with drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as learning to appreciate and analyse other artists’/ photographers’/ designers’ work. Here are some lovely examples of what they have been creating…

Year 9 Pop Art – Some great examples of repeated Pop Art-inspired designs by Mrs Coupland’s class back in term 4. The students used tracing paper to create the repeated/ mirror imaged designs and then used pens and markers to add bold, bright colour.

Year 7 fish – Mrs Spokes’ Year 7 class have been producing work inspired by the colours and patterns of fish.  The theme this term is The Environment and we will be producing sculptures using recycled materials.  These lovely examples from 7I are mono prints, tissue paper and glue fish and zentangle fish.

Year 7 Flying inventions – Back in Term 4 Mrs Rushby created, with her Year 7 students, amazing flying machine sculptures. The students started by creating designs based around the shape of a milk bottle (which would eventually form the sculpture) and then began making the sculpture itself using the milk bottle, paper mache, card and then, eventually, paint. Students had been heavily influenced by the stories and creations of Jules Verne and the Puppet Theatre company Royal de Luxe. Fabulous, ambitious work from all of the students and they were able to learn and develop skills such as resilience, creativity and team work throughout the project.


Art Gallery Term 4 2022-2023

This term, Year 9 have been creating research pages about Surrealism and studying artists such as Hannah Hoch and Salvador Dali. In response to these artists, students produced some fantastic surrealist collages which show effective use of layering and composition.

Mrs Tin’s Year 9 class have been designing and creating Packets, which are now on display in the main Atrium.

Term 4 work from Year 10 students in Mrs Tin’s class