Students stage an evening of art and music in the school’s first cross-curricular collaboration.
Thornton girls were delighted to welcome their families to a convivial evening of art and music last night. Year 7 and 8 students staged an art exhibition, while Senior School musicians (plus Lucy B from Year 6) played solo pieces and ensembles to an appreciative audience.
Head of Art Mrs White asked her Year 7s to produce a piece of art based on the theme of tone or zentangle, while Year 8s had animals as their overarching theme. She gave the students the option of using mixed media and working in either monochrome or colour. Some chose to use oil pastels or pen and ink and others opted for painting. Year 10 Art students then helped to frame, mount and display the artwork – great practice for their forthcoming GCSE exhibitions.
Mrs White says: ‘I’m so pleased with the independent learning that has taken place with this activity. There are some highly imaginative and surprising results.’
Following the viewing and the opportunity for parents to buy the girls’ framed artwork, talented Year 11 musician Lauren H opened and closed the music part of the soirée with solo piano pieces by Chopin and Debussy. A cast of clarinet players, flautists and celloists also gave accomplished performances. Year 8’s Louise B flew the flag for the violin, while Annalissa B in Year 11 sang solo. The school’s newly-formed cello ensemble also had its first outing.
‘Many of these girls sing as part of the school choir or play an instrument as part of the orchestra, but you don’t necessarily get to hear them as a soloist,’ says Head of Music Mrs Sherry. ‘Some of them also learn an instrument outside of school and don’t always get the opportunity to show what they can do. This is their moment, a taster of their individual work.’