Creative coppicing – the Bedales way

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By Carter Clothier and Oscar Goldblatt, Block 4

On Wednesday, we, and seven other students got an amazing opportunity to take part in a workshop with The Creative Coppice Company. It was a really fun and productive day and we now have the skills we need to carry out our final BAC project.

Carter

Carter Clothier

For our BAC, Oscar D, Olav and I are making a post and rail fence to surround a new meadow which we will create between the Art & Design building and Outdoor Work. We started the day by learning how to split a piece of chestnut using a hammer and wedges, and we all managed to complete this with ease. We then progressed a little and learnt how to split a much longer bit of chestnut using the same method, but this time we had to split it into four. This was a little trickier and we all ended up with a lot more wasted wood than we would have liked, but nevertheless we all got the hang of it after a few hours.

WP_20170510_14_29_59_Pro cropAfter a well-earned lunch we went back to learn how to finish off the posts and rails. For the posts we had to mark out the location of the mortice and drill 12 holes into the post, this then needed cleaning up with a very sharp chisel. We created six slots for the rail to go into.  This brings me onto the most difficult bit – making the tenons, which is basically a practice of shaping the end of the rail to make it fit into the post. This is usually done with a chainsaw, but in true Bedalian fashion we had to do it the traditional way: using an axe and draw knife.  This slow and painful process consisted of chopping the corners off the quartered bits of chestnut with an axe and then shaving of vast amounts of leftover wood with the draw knife.

This took a long while to get the hang of, but we eventually got it down to about one rail every 25 minutes. By the end we completed around five or six rails. Only 98 more to go…!

Oscar

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Livi, Jamie and I are building a terrace / balcony around the new ODW office as part of our BAC project – the office was refurbished from a grain store by last year’s BAC students.

WP_20170509_10_53_50_Pro cropWe began working on our project by showing Dave, from The Creative Coppice Company, some of our rough sketches and ideas and then we started measuring out some of the sides. Once we had all the sides measured we then calculated that we needed six poles for our design. As a group we started to scrape the bark off the 2 .75m chestnut logs in preparation for marking-out and cutting. Getting set up and trying to ensure all measurements were in the correct orientation on a round pole is very satisfying, yet quite intensive and time-consuming.

However, we feel we picked up enough information to start our projects with confidence. The next step in our project is to dig the holes and position the poles so we can start putting the decking on. We all benefited a lot from this day and I think we would all agree that we would do it again.

Exploring Art foundation courses

Last week, 6.1 Art and Design students visited Brighton and Hove City College to look at the final show of the foundation diploma course there. This allowed us to explore this year’s work in all pathways of the foundation including illustration and graphic design, fashion, fine art, photography and 3D design. This was really useful for those of us who are considering applying for a foundation course next year. Visiting the art college and hearing the talk given by the director of the course was an important step to help us make the right decisions.

By  Ella Dallaglio and Poppy Poulter, 6.1

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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.

Bedales builds for the Arts

Today Bedales, the school with the Arts at its heart, launches a campaign to fund an inspirational new Art & Design building in the very centre of the school. Planning permission has been granted for a two-storey barn that will enclose an open courtyard. A large and spreading oak tree is in the middle of this grassy quad and will dominate the development.

This building will combine all the Art and Design disciplines taught at Bedales – painting and fashion, industrial design and sculpture, woodwork, jewellery, ceramics, print-making, sculpting and drawing. These will all be studied in one integrated building that will reflect excellence in teaching and in which students can maximise development of their skills and nurture their talents.

A fundraising campaign to raise £3.5 million is underway. Once funding is secured, construction will begin in Spring 2015 and the new building will open its doors to students in the Autumn term 2016.

Commenting on the public launch of the project, Keith Budge, Headmaster Bedales Schools, said: “Bedales is constantly evolving. In 2006, Bedales Assessed Courses were introduced as a better alternative to some GCSEs and this enabled Art and Design students to play to their strengths and gave ample scope for ambition and creativity. The truth is, however, that the buildings in which we teach Art and Design are tired. They are struggling to remain weatherproof and there is simply not enough space to accommodate all the students who wish to take these subjects. A new Art & Design building, combined with our first class teaching, will be a powerful combination.”

Patron of the Bedales Art & Design building project and Old Bedalian, David Linley, said: ”This is the most exciting building , an inspired take on the arts and crafts tradition at Bedales. New generations of students will love to study here and will produce great work. My only regret is that I myself will not be getting down to business in the sunlit studios and workshops “.

To find out more about the project, please visit www.bedales.org.uk/art-design/ or contact Veryan Vere-Hodge, Head of Development, Bedales Schools, vverehodge@bedales.org.uk.

Bedales Art & Design building

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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.

Inspirational day for designers

Block 4 designers recently set out on a day trip to London. First stop was the Design Museum to look at the Designs of the Year exhibition. The Fashion award went to the Pop Art inspired collection designed by Miuccia Prada, which included large scale printed faces and brightly coloured gem stones. We also visited the Paul Smith exhibition, giving us an insight into his design philosophy, and a look around his quirky office and great examples of some his iconic designs. Our second stop, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican for me was the most exciting. The exhibition was a unique display of innovative garments, with projected talking faces onto mannequins. All-in-all, a very inspirational day!

By Tara Noble, Block 4

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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.

The Bedales Drone Project

In his 1942 short story Runaround the science fiction author Isaac Asimov introduced his “Three Laws of Robotics”

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Robots are now an everyday part of our lives and new drone technology can be seen in mountain rescue, the deployment of weaponry and possibly even the delivery of books! As the relationship of mankind to our creations becomes more and more far-reaching and in every way intimate, there is much to reflect on: the technically possible “coulds”; the philosophical “whys” and “whats”; and the ethical “shoulds”.

Much inspired by last year’s Civics talk by Dr Dirk Gorneson from The University of Southampton on the topic of UAV’s (Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles), I was struck by the implications of this technology for the ethical theory we study in the PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics) department at Bedales; such as in Just War Theory (A2 Level), and the Philosophy of Mind and Artificial Intelligence (studied for BAC PRE Creative Response Block 5). There was growing overlap between the theory and the real world issues emerging in the wake of the technology now available in the field of UAV’s.

Conversing with teachers and students alike it was clear that this was an area well worth exploring. So, with a huge thank you to the BPA for funding the initiative, and to Richard Sinclair and Jack Paxman for their consultation, I can proudly announce The Drone Project’s first acquisition – a quad-copter drone.

This, the first of two drones to be acquired, is well equipped to take steady aerial images and can be remotely piloted and can follow search patterns. The second can be programmed to be (to a certain extent) autonomous and will be able to be fitted with sensors which feedback information that can then be acted upon in real time. We already have a Quad Copter expert at the school, Edward Boyd-Wallis, who has designed his own drone as part of his A Level.

Proposals for upcoming projects include:

  • Philosophy – Machine Ethics Project (MEP)
  • Search and Rescue Project – The emphasis of this would be to consider the ethical judgements around prioritisation, resource distribution etc., alongside the practical applications. We hope to make links with existing rescue organisations, such as the RNLI, in order to participate with the wider community.
  • Science project – create an aerial map of the sand quarry in order to study the regeneration of plants (“succession”) year on year.
  • Geography – Block 3 project Orientation project and mapping of the Bedales site.
  • Computing – Artificial Intelligence programming.
  • Just War Theory – As part of the A-level Ethics course.
  • Design – Modification and implementation, 3D printing.
  • Sport – Analysis and documentation of sports events.

An aerial photo of Bedales taken by the drone:

Image taken by the Bedales Drone

By  Benedict Haydn-Davies, Teacher of PRE

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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.

Student-run fashion show commended by bespoke tailor

A team of students, led by Alex Yetman (6.1), received praise from bespoke tailor, Joseph Martin, following a fashion show they organised. Alex, who is part way through his A Level Design course, project managed the entire show, which featured a collection showcasing the skill and creative flair of Bedales’ budding textiles and fashion designers. The evening transformed the Library into a fashion runway with students helping with every aspect of the show’s management, from modeling to helping back-stage. During the evening Joseph gave a talk on the difference between high street and bespoke tailoring and praised the high quality of students’ work. Read more. View photos.

Student-run fashion show commended by bespoke tailor

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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.

Block 4 designers inspired by London museums

42 Block 4 Design students and staff recently made a journey up to London to visit the Design Museum and Fashion and Textiles Museum. This is our annual visit, timed to help kick start their extended project and broaden their experience of the great Design work they can use as a source of inspiration.

The Design Museum has a permanent collection of iconic design work in an exhibition entitled Extraordinary Stories that gives the background to a number of our best loved design pieces. The Design Museum’s Designs of Year exhibition is also currently showcasing the very best of design work carried out in the last 12 months as nominated by the great and good of the design community. A vast range of very different work was on show and most of us found at least one thing there really wanted to smuggle home! Lots of emphasis was made of the use of rapid prototyping technology and our students were just a little smug that we have one in the department already!

Whilst the fashion orientated students went on to the excellent Fashion and Textiles Museum founded by Zandra Rhodes, the workshop students went to a workshop entitled Mystery Products. This uses a selection of unusual products to test the powers of deduction of the students and discuss the language and subtle messages everyday objects use to explain their functionality. Our students we delighted to discover one of the objects, a bright pink used chewing gum collector made of used chewing gum, was designed by OB designer Anna Bullus! One day of these young Bedalian designers might have their work in the museum too!

By Ben Shaw, Head of Design

Students take part in workshop at Design Museum

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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.