KES hosts ISADA conference

This weekend the Art Department hosted the autumn conference of ISADA (Independent Schools Art and Design Association). Established in the 1960s it acts as a forum for art teachers and Heads of Department to share good practice and engage with art and artists here and in Europe.

The weekend at KES started with supper in the new studios before a Saturday morning visit to Southampton Art Gallery for a curated tour and to learn more about their amazing collection. The afternoon saw KES Art staff run workshops for the delegates. Mr Lewis ran a Biological illustration class with pig’s heads, squid and squid ink all being part of the mix. Mrs Moxon and Miss McGuinn ran a printmaking class showing all the nuances of the dry point techniques and the variables of the final prints. Mr Piggott ran an experimental photography class looking at the Cyanotype process and toning prints in green tea, coffee and red wine (tannin) and the use of 5×4 cameras in art teaching and photography.  On Sunday morning everyone visited the New Art Centre, Roche Court in Salisbury for a talk and guide around this wonderfully eclectic sculpture park and gallery.  The Art Department staff did an incredible job hosting the event which was hugely inspiring and successful.