Year 10 GCSE Art Students taught by local artist Cath Lewis

Visual artist Cath Lewis with students Danny Ashby and Joshua Garland at the ‘Drawn from Nature’ workshop at Ffotogallery, at the Turner House in Penarth.

Visual artist Cath Lewis working with students Danny and Joshua

The Art Department is delighted that Barry Comprehensive year 10 students Danny Ashby and Joshua Garland attended a workshop last weekend at Ffotogallery, at the Turner House in Penarth.

The ‘Drawn from Nature’ arts project was organised by Criw Celf/Arts Active Cardiff, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October. Cath Lewis is a visual artist who is a textile specialist but with a practice that encompasses a wide range of media and techniques. She is also a printed textile and surface pattern design lecturer, with over 20 years of teaching experience. Cath is the director of ColourField studio natural print and dye company.

Both students responded really well to the experimental nature of the workshops and were extremely enthusiastic. This resulted in a number of high quality pieces of artwork, which will be used in their current art coursework sketchbooks. Danny and Joshua produced prints inspired by nature using techniques such as mono printing and including media e.g. hand-made walnut ink.

This was a great opportunity for more able and talented students to benefit from working alongside professional artists. The art department is aiming for more of our students to be able to access positive art specialist advice and experience from this and other similar organisations in the near future.

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