News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Kings' First Ever Expressive Arts Show is a hit!

3rd July, 2018 by Jude Owens

The joy of art is often its uniqueness, which was very much the case for this year’s annual show last month at The Kings of Wessex Academy in what was the début Expressive Arts Show.

Art and Design, Music, Performing Arts, Photography and Textiles students came together to exhibit their creative examination work, perform, sing and dance. A packed audience relished physical theatre, a big musical show number from the popular show “Hairspray,” contemporary dancers, and music by the Big Brass Band and the Year 9 band ‘Last in Place,’ involving nearly 75 student performers. The highlight of the evening was the fashion show when 30 models strutted down the catwalk showing off designs by 80 student fashion designers. The Academy will be watching out for their names in the future. A memorable moment, amongst many; was a vocal solo and pianist piece by Year 12 students Marcus Ham and Maisie Lewis who performed a Debussy’s “Les Cloches” as two Year 13 students modelled beautiful kimonos. A stunning visual and musical fusion.

The gym was transformed into Kings’ gallery with A Level Art, Photography and Textiles work in pods where guests could mingle and be wowed by the creative and imaginative work. A Level Art explored environmental issues, use of plastic and thought-provoking investigations into global warming/climate change. Very of the moment. Other themes included urban spaces, neon and interior design; whilst A Level Textiles explored costume, culture and historical references.

GCSE Textiles students created garments based on the theme of Welcome to the 60’s, favourite movies and A Moment in Time. Glamour and nostalgia. For the first year, Year 9 students also showcased their beautiful and inspired aprons on the catwalk. The GCSE gallery pod featured the final outcomes of Year 11 Art and Textiles work exploring metamorphosis, portraiture and structures and showed a wealth of talent and innovative use of media. Students combined and layered several art disciplines, processes and techniques and featured a strong aptitude for 3D work and sculpture.

Head of Expressive Arts Ms Rebecca Weaving said:

“This was a fabulous event showcasing our students’ wonderful work at Kings and I was delighted by the collaboration of our newly formed Expressive Arts Faculty. I thank everyone who attended the show and everyone who helped behind the scenes, and the PTA who organised the refreshments.”