King’s College Head of Art, Clare Schmidt, recently visited two prep schools in Kenya, Kenton College and The Banda School, to meet aspiring art scholars and to run art workshops.
Clare was excited at the prospect of the visit and at introducing the pupils to mixed media art using Gelli plates – an ingenious printing plate, perfect for all types of artwork.
Clare also accompanied staff and pupils to Tambuzi Rose Farm in Nanyuki, where Tim and Maggie Hobbs hosted an art retreat. Seven pupils from each school were invited to attend the weekend retreat where they sketched roses, farm animals and the surrounding landscape.
Speaking of her time in Kenya, Clare said: “This was a fantastic opportunity. I had never been to Kenya before. The staff and pupils at both schools were so welcoming and I was impressed with the work that the pupils produced. The Gelli plates proved so popular, that I ended up leaving some of my art kit with the schools!”
Art pupils from King’s will be exhibiting at the Brook Gallery in Exeter next month. The Creative Journeys exhibition will be launched on Saturday, 27 February 2016 and will run for two weeks.
For further details please contact Clare Schmidt: CASchmidt@kings-taunton.co.uk