Artist opens up to sixth formers

Sculptor and print maker John Thomson came to talk about his recent exhibition in the Gallery to 6.1 and 6.2 artists. He talked about some of the biblical themes underlying his work like Adam and Eve and the crucifixion, as well as the techniques he uses to create the beautiful textures to his metal. He described the use of special hammers to create the dappled effects, and nitric acid to erode the metal and resist methods to keep specific areas clean. He also talked about some of his prints, and how it’s his love of texture which drives his art. The skill and high level of craftsmanship is evident in his work, and it was extremely interesting for us to hear from a modern artist who practises it to such a high standard. View photos.

By Katie Shannon, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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