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Presdales Mosaic Pergola Project 2023

I am delighted to finally be able to achieve a long-awaited mosaic project. It began with putting a proposal together to ‘The Arts Society East Herts’ for funding to decorate a very old wooden pergola outside the art rooms.

We were delighted when this was accepted and we could begin our journey of enhancing the school environment with vibrant colourful mosaics based on elements adding splashes of colour.

Thanks must go to the fantastic local Mosaic Artist, Claire Costello, whom I had the pleasure of working with at her home studio a few years ago. We discussed the idea of artist-in-residence at Presdales and now it’s a reality.

The students have been totally absorbed and committed to this project, developing self-confidence, team-building skills and pure enjoyment creating designs. They have said how the project has helped with their well-being and self-esteem.

We are so proud of all the students involved and look forward to being able to share and celebrate their artwork with the whole school. We are five weeks in and very close to finishing – we just need to grout and then put the tiles up in place.

A huge thank you to Claire for her support and enthusiasm. And a big thank you to all involved at Presdales for making my idea a reality.

Finally, thank you to the fabulous students – you have done an amazing job, truly inspiring!

A wonderful end to the summer term.

Ashley Page, Art Teacher / Project leader

Year 12 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Trip 

We had such a lovely day on 12th July at the Summer Exhibition with our Year 12 Students. The inspiring collection of work has provided lots of exciting ideas for their personal investigations. Do go and see the exhibition if you get a chance over the summer holidays.

Mrs Page and Mrs Harmer

Year 9 Flight Finals

Year 9 created some exquisite final outcomes for our new surrealist flight project. Mobiles fluttering with butterflies and box art with bumble bees and bird nests.

Fantastic creative efforts Year 9!


GCSE Fine Art Evening

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Mosaic Workshop Stage One 2023

We had a fantastic first session designing our mosaics based on the ‘elements’.

The 18 students were totally absorbed and full of excitement. Claire Costello, a local mosaic artist, led the workshop along with myself. The mosaics already look vibrant and full of creativity. Thank you to everyone for your continued enthusiasm.

Cannot wait until next week’s workshop.

Mrs A Page Teacher of Art