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Arts Award Case Study

Bronze Art Award and Hadrian’s Wall

Wall Face worked with Haydon Bridge High School to support 160 KS3 students (aged 11-14) in achieving their Bronze Arts Award, This was a Level 1 qualification based on Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

What we did

We visited Hadrian’s Wall Museums to learn more about the World Heritage Site. We also investigated ancient objects that the Romans had left behind.

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We researched the antiquarians. These were the men who had helped save Hadrian’s Wall over the centuries. We studied their portraits in the National Portrait Gallery online collection.

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Selecting three artists whose work reflected some of the things we had discovered

  • Isla Jones helped us create our own digital portraits in a classical style. This was similar to the one William Stukeley commissioned in 1721.
  • Ruby Dale taught us a dot and dash technique. This echoed the stippled etching of John Leland (1824).
  • Sculptor Ashley Hipkin taught us how to sculpt our own clay, wax and plaster moulds to make multiple copies of the same image. This resembled the processes the Romans used in their pottery.

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We developed our work through the school year. This was presented during our Creativity Week, and submitted our Arts Award Portfolios for assessment.

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