This October pupils at The Friary fully embraced ‘The Big Draw’ festival. Each year ‘The Big Draw’ presents an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.

The 2016 theme brought together Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Maths to create S.T.E.A.M.

With reference to Edgar Degas who said that “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” we considered, during assemblies and tutor time, what Art has allowed us all to see. We discovered that from architecture and invention to medical health and history, Art has shown us a great deal beyond the excitement that Art offers as a form of entertainment.

Students enthusiastically embraced the STEAM subject theme producing exciting, expressive paintings inspired by Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson for each of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These were exhibited at a pop up gallery.

Elsewhere, Leonardo Da Vinci himself (who may have invented the Time Machine?) took a break from inventing the helicopter and illustrating what our insides look like to travel forward in time, popping up at The Friary to sketch the faces of our pupils.

We coloured for mindfulness and, during our successful ‘Big Draw’ week, the wider curriculum embraced Art exploiting opportunities to draw when pictures may present information better than words. WOW, a S.T.E.A.M. Powered Big Draw Festival…