Running a School Club

Hello! How are you?

I am SO close to the end of my final placement of primary education… and I know the last day is going to be a sad one! Not only because I will miss the children, but because I will miss everybody who works at the school. I have never been in a place so welcoming with so many smiley faces. By knowing there is a lot of support around me, it has really made the placement work a lot easier!

In order to meet the criteria for teachers’ standard 8, it is extremely important to take on more responsibilities. For example, helping out at a Christmas fair or simply working cooperatively with colleagues and parents. Since I am very passionate for art, I have been running my own art club for pupils in year 4. Getting involved with messy art activities has been a lot of fun – for me and the children!

If you are also on professional practice, or know you will be soon, I definitely recommend creating your own club! Obviously, it depends on the school and which type of clubs they are already running. However, if you have the chance I 100% say go for it!

Last week the children began to create ‘galaxy jars’ by sticking tissue paper on a glass jar like a mosaic. It was a pretty simple activity but VERY effective. We will be finishing them off with a bit of glitter tomorrow! Who doesn’t love a bit of glitter?

I would love to hear about any clubs you are, or soon will be running!

Speak soon,

Sculptures On The Edge

This week I thought I’d give a little visual guide to the sculptures on campus. Most of these are centred around Eastern Campus, with a few cropping up around Main Building in the centre. Some of these are right out in the open, such as “Eden” or “Bingo Bango”, whilst others are a bit more hidden away, like “For Those Afraid Of The Torch” or “Monoliths” – which I’d never actually seen until the day I took these photos! Sometimes all it takes is a sense of purpose, to see what was in front of you the whole time.

One of my personal favourites, is our very own “Bingo Bango”, made of welded steel by Robert Scriven – many times have I walked through campus at night and had to do a little double-take, forgetting they were there. I’m also very fond of “Grazing Sow” and “Goat”, who both reside near bio-sciences, so I see them on my walk in every day as well.

Having these pieces of artwork dotting mostly the green spaces of our university campus really adds charm to the place and makes it feel more homely. I may not be an artist myself, but I sure do appreciate their presence here.

(Click the links below for a larger view!)

You can also pick up a guide from the main reception that will take you on a trail to see all of these sculptures and MORE!

Free Time and Student Life

The workload is heavy, but there’s also a lot of time to make friends and to have fun while at university. Here are fun things to get up to…

Societies

As an avid Harry Potter fan I have joined the Harry Potter society. I haven’t been able to attend every event, but they have hosted quizzes, wizard duels, potion lessons (or cocktail mixing, as it’s more commonly known), film screenings, and before the Christmas break they hosted a Yule Ball that ended with drinks in the SU bar.

City Centre

Being so close to Liverpool is great, and it’s always worth the short train ride if you want to go shopping. There are also museums and art galleries, and on hot days walking along the docks is really nice (and great for photos if you or your friends are photography-types).

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Walking back from the Tate art gallery my friend decided to take some photos…
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Me on a boat doing a bad Titanic impression

Night Life 

I really enjoy nights out and, although money is tight, as a student I still try to go out at least once a week. One of my favourite parts of any night out is ‘pre-drinks’. I meet up with my friends a couple of hours before we’re going out and we get ready together before playing drinking games and catching up.

free time blog 1Spontaneous Shenanigans

One of the most fun ways to spend your free time is by stepping out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. A couple of months ago I was heading home from uni looking forward to dinner and a film in bed when I got a call from a friend asking if I wanted to come with her to an art show….

Next thing I knew I was dressed as a fairy and posing with a unicorn...
Next thing I knew I was dressed as a fairy and posing with a unicorn…

Uni can be whatever you make it, and if you’re willing to try new things you’re sure to have a great time.

Oh, and the pictures came back from the ball that I blogged about last week and I feel the need to share everywhere the evidence that I can act civilised…

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Filling Facebook With Art

While I’m a self-confessed Facebook addict, I rarely use it for anything more than keeping in touch with friends. I’ve never played Farmville or Candy Crush and I just really can’t get on board with the trend of sharing inspirational quotes and photos. There has, however, been something making the rounds on facebook lately that has caught my eye. The idea is that you’re assigned an artist and then you post a picture of their art and assign different artists to whoever likes the photo. Seeing artworks crop up all over my news feed has offered a nice break from the never-ending stream of ‘selfies’ and attention seeking statuses.

I enjoy art mostly in the forms of film, music and literature and wish that I knew more about paintings and sculptures. Simply through keeping an eye on this Facebook movement I have discovered new artists whose work I really admire and I’d like to share some of these artists here…

It began when my friend posted ‘Fill Facebook with art! Those who “like” this photo will be assigned an artist. Then they should post a photo of that artist’s work. I was given Niki de Saint Phalle.” Underneath she posted this photo…

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Niki de Saint Phalle

I was of course drawn to the sculpture by my love of cats and after pressing the ‘like’ button I was assigned Marc Quinn. I’d never heard of Marc Quinn, but soon fell in love with his work as I browsed Google images trying to decide on which piece to repost. I eventually settled on this one…

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Marc Quinn

My friend assigned Max Ernst to somebody else who then posted this picture…

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Max Ernst

When people began to ‘like’ my picture I assigned them Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha and Andy Warhol, three of the few artists that I know, and they posted these pictures…

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Andy Warhol
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Alphonse Mucha
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Gustav Klimt

As the chain spread and my friends began to assign artists to other people I discovered two artists that I’d never heard of before but whose work I really loved; Agnes Cecile and Włodzimierz Kuklinski…

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Włodzimierz Kuklinski
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Agnes Cecile

Filling Facebook with art is something in which anyone can participate, regardless of how much they know about art. I really enjoyed browsing through the work of artists that I’d never heard of. And a news feed full of art beats a news feed full of ‘Neck Nominations’ any day.