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Stations of the Cross Art Project

Stations of the Cross Art Project

Thornleigh Salesian College Gifted and Talented students have been working with professional artist Wendy Lawrence to design and produce a contemporary response to the Stations of the Cross for an area of the school’s busy walkway. The project started way back in October and will be completed before the summer term 2014.

The artwork will be on permanent display under the covered way, so it is important the materials used will be resilient and weather proof.

The students involved in the Stations of the Cross art project range from Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5. The students have responded to the brief and engaged with Wendy to develop their creative and practical skills in support of the spiritual and religious faith of Thornleigh Salesian College.

The project has been led by art teacher Mrs Keogh with close collaboration with Wendy. Wendy’s art studio is in Denbigh, North Wales, although she is originally from Clitheroe, Lancashire. Wendy has taken part in many school projects in the past, and has come highly recommended.Alongside Thornleigh Salesian College students, 16 Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools have worked on the initial design stages of the project.

‘Over 130 students have worked on the Stations of the Cross Art Project!’

 

Stage 1

Students gathered ideas, sketched and produced designs for each station during a number of sessions during Mission Week. They worked in groups to come up with the final design.

'16 Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools worked on the initial design stages of the project.’

 

Stage 2

Students attended a number of class workshops with Wendy Lawrence, they answered the brief and worked from the final design to create traced sections on paper. Students then worked in small groups preparing and rolling out the clay.

‘Students worked in small groups preparing and rolling out the clay.’

 

 

Stage 3

Once the clay was prepped, smooth and even in depth, textures, patterns and decoration was added using a vast array of tools. As you can see the project is starting to come to life.

‘Textures, patterns and decoration was added using a vast array of tools.’

 

Stage 4

Once all the sections of the ceramic tiles were completed, Wendy took them back to her studio in Wales to fire them in her Kiln. The ceramic tiles were then transported back to college, pieced back together and then glazed by the students.

‘The ceramic tiles were then transported back to college, pieced back together and then glazed by the students.’

 

Stage 5

The final stages of the project will involve the complex construction of the tiles onto the wall of the covered way over February half term.On Monday 7 April we asked a small number of governors, staff, parents and students to join us in praying the Way of the Cross to celebrate the culmination of an inspirational community project.

'The official opening of the Stations of the Cross Art Project was on Monday 7 April 2014.'

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