I am raising money for materials so our Year 10 and Year 11 students can experience using higher end materials, starting with watercolour pencils. This will help them to gain confidence and produce more professional quality work. "If we had watercolour pencils, I am sure I could add more detail in a more controlled way."
- Maddie, Year 10.
I teach in very large secondary school in a diverse and changing area of North Bexley on the London and Kent borders, with the Thames a short walk away. Our Art students are really keen and engaged in the subject, despite the negative press they hear about non-EBACC subject and the Arts. They are committed and determined to succeed. We introduce students to a range of materials and techniques throughout their GCSE, BTEC or NCFE coursework, but sadly watercolour pencils is not something we can stretch our budget to. Our students deserve the best as they work so hard. Our school tag line is Striving for Excellence alongside our Latin moto ‘with all our strength’. It would be great for the students to be engaged and motivated what they perceive as luxury materials.
Watercolour pencils are a unique medium for creating art. They combine drawing with painting in a manner that no other medium can replicate. Year 10 and Year 11 students complete a range of primary and secondary observational drawings, as well as drawing from imagination and sets of these pencils, water pens and high quality paper would allow them to develop more confidence in their use of materials and techniques. One student borrowed some watercolour pencils for her recent mock exam and I have included a sample of her work. The watercolour pencils allow students more control over the material and allow them the choice of adding water in specific areas or across the whole composition. Although they are similar to colour pencils, they behave differently when water is added as the binder for the pigment is water-based rather than waxy. In addition, because the material is encased inside a pencil that can be sharpened easily, our students can create delicate marks that can be difficult to achieve with a brush.
The finished works will be contained in their coursework and exam sketchbooks and some will also be displayed around the school after their work has been marked by the examiner, as well as being shown in our Year 11 and 13 Art exhibition which we hold every July. "Adding detail to this on a larger scale is going to be really tricky with a paintbrush, I want to use colour to show an angry sky, but also to show detail in the foreground."
- Isabel, Year 10.
Where your donation goes
21x Water colour pencil sets of 36 @ £10.09 each: http://www.specialistcrafts.co.uk/bruynzeel-expression-aquarel-pencils-set-of-36
10x Watercolour paper @ £5.25 each: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winsor-Newton-Cotman-Watercolour-Gummed/dp/B004KF9BXS
15x Set of 3 watercolour pens @ £8.07 each: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pentel-Aquash-Water-Brush-Assorted/dp/B002JIN2Q0
Delivery charges: £5.99
Credit card fees (2%): £8.82 (to cover the fees charged by the payment provider)
Total cost: £449.82
% of students on free schools meals at our school: 35%
Number of students this will benefit: 100
Age of students: 14-16
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