Art News


Visual Arts Department News

Congratulations to all the students who received certificates this week to recognise their hard work and consistently excellent effort in Art, Graphics and Photography, well done.

Please take a look at the updated Year 7 Art Gallery on the Bonus Pastor website which showcases wonderful landscapes, Egyptian Designs, paintings and drawings. Well done Year 7 artists.



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Mrs M Raymond

Head Of Visual Arts


Year 7 and Year 8 Art Club

Miss Thorpe’s Art Club is proving very popular amongst our talented young artists….over 60 students turned up to the first session! To make sure that all students have a chance to attend we are operating a carrousel. If you are interested in becoming a member in the Spring Term please see Miss Thorpe.

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Our artists are in the process of creating junk model robots inspired by the sculptor Brian Marshall. I am very impressed with their high levels of enthusiasm and outstanding work. We look forward to the Art Club exhibition in the Library in December.

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Mrs M Raymond

Head of Visual Arts


October saw the return of the annual BIG DRAW event at Bonus Pastor. Year 8 students who have displayed outstanding progress and effort in Art were selected to spend a day in the Art Department creating a gigantic mural. The theme we choose for the event was ‘STEM’ – Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The day started with a discussion of how Art underpins all of the subjects. The students planned a fantastic mural which displays links to all the STEM subjects. The mural is displayed in the Churchdown Art Gallery reception area.



The Big Draw aims to get everyone drawing. When we draw, we take an opportunity to slow down, and to appreciate how the visual world works. By developing this skill we gain a deeper understanding of our surroundings and learn a truly universal language. A drawing can communicate an idea more effectively than words. 

We champion drawing as a powerful tool for invention, for communicating complex concepts, and for its power to engage people with collections and exhibitions in museums, gallery and heritage sites. 


By fostering a greater understanding of what drawing can mean, and by increasing awareness and engagement, we believe many more people can benefit from, and contribute to society by drawing.

'Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image... Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading.'

The term ‘visual literacy’ is credited to John Debes 1969.

Mrs M Raymond

Head of Visual Arts.

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Yr 9 Outstanding Photography

Mrs Raymond and I have been amazed by the outstanding creative talents of our Year 9 Photographers. So far this year students have worked on a range of themes from the Victorian Photographer Karl Blossfeldt to futuristic ‘Light Graffiti’. The standard has been so high that some of the students work is being used by our exam board as examples of exceptional practice. These students obviously have great things ahead of them – well done!

 Tobi Adebowale Eurika JakporAlisha ErcanDominik Weglarz Prince Owusu   Shaun Archibold

Primary Arts Exhibition


Last week we held an exhibition showcasing the work of year 5 and 6 artists. The exhibition featured  lots of exciting sculptures, paintings and drawings all made during our primary link programme. The evening was a lovely opportunity to meet some of the very talented and creative year 5 and 6 students who will be joining the school very soon.

As well as the work on display we had students creating art ‘in situ’ including Thalia Dougourou  from year 9, Joseph O’Sullivan from year 10 and our amazingly creative key stage 3 art club! Everyone was so impressed with the standard of the work that we will be making this an annual event. I think we can safely say some future Turner Prize winners have now exhibited at Bonus Pastor Catholic College!



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Mrs Raymond
Head Of Visual Arts