Wapping High and Whitechapel Gallery collaborate to create new urban art

Students at Wapping High participated in a workshop on 13 November with noted international artist Bart Lodewijks, who has been working with the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Youth Forum, Duchamp and Sons. The workshop, was part of the Whitechapel Galleries Masterclass programme an education initiative that aims to engage schools in the cultural arts by giving students the opportunity to have direct contact with creative professionals. Bart worked with year 9 students to explore how line can be used to represent the world around us in both conventional and unconventional ways.  The lesson, organised by Art Teacher, Ms Campbell encompassed Art, Maths and Science and students had an opportunity to chat with the artist about the importance of his practice as well as lines, angles and colour in art and the synergies across the subjects.

An exhibition of Bart Lodewijks work will be on display in the Whitechapel Gallery in Aldgate from 8 December alongside documentation of the drawing developed at Wapping School as part of the Galleries Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015.

Karin Rowsell, Head commented “this was a wonderful opportunity for students at Wapping High to engage with creative professionals working within the local community with a fantastic outcome.   The enthusiasm and engagement of the students was infectious!   I would like to thank Bart and the Whitechapel Gallery and Ms Campbell for the opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons in these key curriculum areas”.