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Cranleigh Seven Schools Art Exhibition

composite of art works

10th to 19th May 2022


Text by Diana Kay

Photos by John Wright by kind permission of the schools


The Arts Society Cranleigh Arts Volunteering team and Cranleigh Arts Centre joined forces to sponsor a brilliant, vibrant display of artwork from all seven of Cranleigh’s schools.  This popular event has returned for the first time since 2019, highlighting the talent and skills of local young artists, aged five to eighteen, in an impressive collection of paintings, 3D pieces and photography.  This exhibition gave them the opportunity to showcase their creative work to the local and wider community.

Many of the exhibits this year have been inspired by famous artists and art movements.

Cranleigh Primary Year One focused on watercolour techniques producing ocean backgrounds to place their Rainbow Fish in, before developing paper folding and collage skills.  This was linked to the theme of Friendship inspired by the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  Year 3 investigated flowers drawn by Georgia O’Keeffe before sketching their own from real life observation and paintings.  Year Six chose their own medium for their artwork on ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’; offering their unique perspective on how issues like climate change, deforestation and single use plastics are affecting our amazing world.

Park Mead Year Five produced a vibrant display of self-portraits in the style of Fauvism and some colourful studies of Dragon’s Eyes.  Year Four used their hands to produce some fabulous sculptures inspired by Barbara Hepworth.

St. Cuthbert Mayne Year One learnt about the work of Piet Mondrian and created their own colourful abstract collages.  Year Four were inspired by the artist Jean-Michael Basquit, whose paintings often featured unusual portraits, with scrawled text and symbols.  They created their own portraits in the style of the artist using various elements, such as colour, pattern and texture.  They also produced some bold, graphic tree silhouettes against striking colour backgrounds inspired by the artist Megan Aroon Duncanson.

St. Joseph students were given a picture of a horse to incorporate into their paintings and each have created a different background resulting in a variety of colours and expression.

Cranleigh Prep produced a collection of charcoal drawings and soap sculptures created as part of a study into the work of Barbara Hepworth.  The children were encouraged to explore how to express 3D form using close observation of tonal value in a 2D drawing.

Cranleigh School Year Ten and Twelve produced a spirited collection of artwork to show the use of different media; acrylic on canvas, photography, screen printing, mixed media and ceramics.

Glebelands School Year Eight students studied Pop Art, focusing on artists Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.  Using inspiration from Warhol’s Campbell soup can, the students created their own collage of a Heinz Beanz can.  Year Ten students focused on the theme “Identity”.  Using a variety of media, they drew their facial features and took photos of sections of their face.  They looked at artist Hermann Scherer for his black and white prints and portraiture paintings.  MC Escher is also studied focusing on his tessellating patterns.  Using inspiration from their drawings, photos and the artists studied, they then created their own mono prints of sections of their face.  Year Eleven students work independently to build up a portfolio of work.  Taking inspiration from different artists they develop their work to create unique final compositions.

It is truly encouraging for the Arts Volunteering team to see pupils embrace these artists’ styles, to take inspiration from what they have learnt and create their own stunning artwork.  We were truly impressed by the quality of work on display and to discover that Cranleigh has a lot of talented young artists in the village.  We hope their passion for art continues to grow over the years.


The exhibition opens ...




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The Arts Society Cranleigh Arts Volunteering team and Cranleigh Arts Centre joined forces to sponsor a brilliant, vibrant display of artwork from all seven of Cranleigh’s schools.  This popular event has returned for the first time since 2019, highlighting the talent and skills of local young artists, aged five to eighteen, in an impressive collection of paintings, 3D pieces and photography.  This exhibition gave them the opportunity to showcase their creative work to the local and wider community.

Many of the exhibits this year have been inspired by famous artists and art movements.

Cranleigh Primary Year One focused on watercolour techniques producing ocean backgrounds to place their Rainbow Fish in, before developing paper folding and collage skills.  This was linked to the theme of Friendship inspired by the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  Year 3 investigated flowers drawn by Georgia O’Keeffe before sketching their own from real life observation and paintings.  Year Six chose their own medium for their artwork on ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’; offering their unique perspective on how issues like climate change, deforestation and single use plastics are affecting our amazing world.

Park Mead Year Five produced a vibrant display of self-portraits in the style of Fauvism and some colourful studies of Dragon’s Eyes.  Year Four used their hands to produce some fabulous sculptures inspired by Barbara Hepworth.

St. Cuthbert Mayne Year One learnt about the work of Piet Mondrian and created their own colourful abstract collages.  Year Four were inspired by the artist Jean-Michael Basquit, whose paintings often featured unusual portraits, with scrawled text and symbols.  They created their own portraits in the style of the artist using various elements, such as colour, pattern and texture.  They also produced some bold, graphic tree silhouettes against striking colour backgrounds inspired by the artist Megan Aroon Duncanson.

St. Joseph students were given a picture of a horse to incorporate into their paintings and each have created a different background resulting in a variety of colours and expression.

Cranleigh Prep produced a collection of charcoal drawings and soap sculptures created as part of a study into the work of Barbara Hepworth.  The children were encouraged to explore how to express 3D form using close observation of tonal value in a 2D drawing.

Cranleigh School Year Ten and Twelve produced a spirited collection of artwork to show the use of different media; acrylic on canvas, photography, screen printing, mixed media and ceramics.

Glebelands School Year Eight students studied Pop Art, focusing on artists Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.  Using inspiration from Warhol’s Campbell soup can, the students created their own collage of a Heinz Beanz can.  Year Ten students focused on the theme “Identity”.  Using a variety of media, they drew their facial features and took photos of sections of their face.  They looked at artist Hermann Scherer for his black and white prints and portraiture paintings.  MC Escher is also studied focusing on his tessellating patterns.  Using inspiration from their drawings, photos and the artists studied, they then created their own mono prints of sections of their face.  Year Eleven students work independently to build up a portfolio of work.  Taking inspiration from different artists they develop their work to create unique final compositions.

It is truly encouraging for the Arts Volunteering team to see pupils embrace these artists’ styles, to take inspiration from what they have learnt and create their own stunning artwork.  We were truly impressed by the quality of work on display and to discover that Cranleigh has a lot of talented young artists in the village.  We hope their passion for art continues to grow over the years.


The exhibition opens ...