Visiting artist: Kaye Parmenter comes in for a watercolour workshop

On Monday 21st November we welcomed a visiting artist into our art department to run a specialised creative workshop with fifteen children from our top senior years, who were selected due to their commendable efforts in their art lessons. Kaye Parmenter is a renowned watercolour artist who currently has some of her animal series of works on display locally. The children were inspired by the watery layers and vibrant colours, and Kaye led them step by step to create their own watercolour Pheasants. We worked  from photographs of the birds and appreciated their beautiful feathers and characters, looking at how they move and their patterns. This year’s potential art scholars, Stan and Oscar, alongside talented children in year 7 and 8, had a fabulous hour of mixing shades, layering up details and learning how to bring their bird to life. Kaye showed the children her favourite tubes of colour to work with and we discussed the interesting names of the paints, such as ‘burnt umber’. Each child got to paint their artwork on the back of Kaye’s actual watercolour studies, so they are very excited to take home something which is their own creation plus a famous artist! The resulting bird creations are outstanding, and Mr Speers has already framed a selection of the children’s Pheasants. They can now be seen sprinting across the walls inside the Headmaster’s study! We would like to thank Kaye for an inspiring morning and look forward to welcoming her back for more animal creations later in the year. For more information on Kaye’s work please visit her website: