Wonderland for young artists

Staff and students at an academy recreated a scene from a classic novel.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21st November 2012, 11:00 am

Teachers from the art department at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland and staged a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party of their own.

Lesa Welch, Leoni Bell, Jane Searley-Denkiewicz and Katy Ellis were the staff paying sartorial homage to Lewis Carroll’s creations as part of the Big Draw.

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing run by the Campaign for Drawing.

The school’s art department chose Alice in Wonderland as their inspiration and staff set up a still-life table setting featuring colourful cakes, cutlery and bunting.

More than 300 Year 9 students used the table as a model for producing creative and collaborative observational drawings using pencils, pens, markers, graphite and paint.

Headteacher Rob Watson said: “This was a fabulous occasion led by our new head of art Lesa Welch.

“It was a fitting celebration for our Year 9 students as they completed a very successful first half term with us.”