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Artist in Residence


airAs a Specialist Arts College, the art department over the past 6 years has regularly had a variety of Artist in Residence visiting and working on different projects with students. Visiting Artists usually run projects on site for a term at a time, working in lesson time as well as running twighlight sessions.


'Make a Music Video'

This was a twighlight residency with our visiting artist - Kyra Williams who is a 'Video Editor' specialist. Twelve Sir Jonathan North students collaborated in the making of a 'Music Video' whichwas being fimed to the soundtrack of Lilly Allen's 'Fear'. Students participated in acting, dancing and singing as well as directing, filming, sound recording, lighting as well as working on editing the shoot and post-production.

Austin Orwin - Ceramics Artisttiles

In 2007, a group of 9 year 8 girls attended a twighlight session working on a dedicated project with an Artist called Austin Orwin. Their brief was to produce something that would become a permanent piece of Art work in the college. It was decided that each student would be responsible for researching, designing and producing a ceramic plaque for each faculty, representing visually all of the elements within the different subject areas. The ceramic plaques are now on display in each Faculty.

Austin has also beeen involved in the development of projects with certain students in year 10, particularly focussing on students with a three dimensional focus in their work, helping them to experiment with different Ceramic techniques, looking at the construction of clay as well as the possible finishes available.



Lee Mattocks - Textile Artist

Lee Mattocks is a highly competent Inspiring Textile Artist and ran a residency at Sir Jonathan North Community College in 2006. Lee has an advanced knowledge of a range of unique methods related towards Contemporary Costume and Fashion and has also comprehensively trained across the 3 main areas of printed, constructed and stitched textiles.

His main role on this residency was to enhance and supplement the Arts experiences for students at the college in conjunction with the Art Department staff and the Community Arts Manager. Lee also provided professional development opportunities, taster sessions and master classes for students and teachers at the college and City wide.

Lee was at the College for 2 days a week between May & July, working with 2 year 10 groups, 2 year 9 groups, a lunchtime club with year 7 & 8, an after school master class with year 9 & 10 and he also provided 1 teacher master class session.


Graeme Mitchenson - 3D Stone

Stone Carver Graeme Mitcheson based at Sir Jonathan North Community College, two days per week between May and June 2004. Working with young people aged 11-16 Graeme produced a series of Stone sculptures for indoor and outdoor display. Graeme also offered a taster session for City Secondary School Arts Teachers.

Year 7 Students, used the theme of mark-making to students create small glass pieces, which were then joined to make a larger installation. This piece is displayed in the foyer of D-Block.

Dual Award year 10 students took the theme of natural objects. Each student produced drawings and research material in a variety of mediums including digital image. They then worked in glass to produce the final pieces.

Year 10 students created four-sided piece based on natural forms, finished pieces will be used to create a Totem pole, which will be sited in the college grounds.



Juliana Stoney - Glass Artistairglass

Glass artist Juliana Stoney was based at Sir Jonathan North Community College, one day per week between November 2003 and February 2004. Working with young people aged 11-16 Juliana produced a public art glass sculptures. Juliana also offered a master class session to City Secondary School Arts Teachers.

Year 7 Students, used the theme of mark-making to students create small glass pieces, which were then joined to make a larger installation. This piece is displayed in the foyer of D-Block.

Dual Award year 10 students took the theme of natural objects. Each student produced drawings and research material in a variety of mediums including digital image. They then worked in glass to produce the final pieces.

A second year 10 project was also open to students from other City Secondary Schools. Students took the theme of aspirations to experiment with glass as a medium. Students attended from Sir Jonathan North Community College, Beaumont Leys School, Crown Hills Community College, Soar Valley College and the Lancaster School.

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