29 June 2012 
Art and Photgraphy News 
From December 2011 
This year the Turner Prize for Art exhibition was held at the Baltic in Gateshead. Over 3 trips, Nunnykirk students from years 10 through 13 visited the exhibition as well as the August Sander and John Heartfield exhibitions at the Side Gallery in Newcastle. We also took the chance to photograph the bridges and quayside in Newcastle. Previously this term we had visited these galleries to view some large photogram works at the Baltic and Northern Landscapes at the Side Gallery – all helping to extend and develop the student’s knowledge and experience of art and photography. 
Millennium Bridge
In November, Mr Hodgson and Mr Nicholson took a group of senior students to the Lumiere lights festival held in Durham. The group took cameras and tripods to carry out night photography as Durham city centre was transformed by light and art. The group took many shots at the cathedral as the torchlight procession and light show took place. We saw some of the many art installations including a giant statue snow dome but we also had to manoeuvre our photo gear through huge crowds and congestion. Nevertheless, a rewarding and colourful night was had by all. 
Durham Lumiere
Mr Hodgson has taken students from Nunnykirk to the Creative Talent Circle nights, held every other Wednesday night at the Banana photo studios – a leading professional photographic studio in Byker – to photograph models in a studio environment with professional lighting equipment. James Ford, Alex Beal, Brad Owen, George Stevens and Paul White–Smith have all worked very well alongside adult photographers to enhance their portfolios and learn to work with lights and specialist equipment. Former Nunnykirk student Jake Cooper (now at Newcastle College studying for a Foundation Course in Art and Design) has also attended some sessions. Alex Beal and Mr Hodgson have also attended weekend courses at the studios. This will continue to develop in the New Year. 
Model vignette
Meanwhile, James Ford has also been carrying out work experience at Banana for one day a week over the term – gaining excellent experience of what it is like to work in a professional photographic studio. 
Spooky trees
This term the Tuesday night photo hobby has once again provided students from years inter to 13 with visits to various local sites for photography including landscape, action photography and night photography. These include visits to the Simonside Hills, Fontburn Reservoir, jumping pictures at Lordenshaws Hill Fort, landscape at Shaftoe Crags, Rothley Lake, quarry and woods, two firework nights at Nunnykirk, traffic trails and lights at a garage in Alnwick and long exposure trees by moonlight at school. 
Just a reminder that the GCSE Art and Photography exams are given out to the Year 11 students the second week back after the Christmas break. They then have a month to research, plan and prepare their work for an early February start to the 10 hour controlled conditions exam. Meanwhile, the A level exam papers are handed to students in February for a March start after a 4 week prep period. The AS exam is 5 hours while the A2 paper is 15 hours. 
All exam students should use some time over the holiday period to round off and complete any coursework projects (and A2 written assignment work) in order to make a good start to their forthcoming exam work. 
Merry ‘Clickmas’ and a Happy New Art Year to all! 
Mr. Hodgson. 
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