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Prep Yrs 3 & 4 Academic


Year 3 and 4 students enjoy an alfresco art class in the autumn sunshine.

Prep School students are continuing to delve into the history of Thornton College and its environs in their Creative Curriculum lessons. This week, they’ve been concentrating on their sketching techniques, working on basic outlines for watercolour paintings.

With such glorious autumnal sunshine bathing the school grounds, the teachers made the decision to uproot and take the classroom outside. The girls made camp in front of the church at the front of the school and studied the building in depth before individually deciding whether to paint the tower, door or windows or, indeed, the whole scene before them.

‘How often do you see a sky so blue in England?’ said Mrs Olejnik as she encouraged the children to think of the colours – the blues and greens – they had been creating with their watercolour palettes and compare them with the real colours of the landscape. ‘How does the light affect the grey stone of the church?’ she also asked as the girls began to work on their full-page compositions, taking care to show the detail of the brickwork.



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