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Birmingham Griffin Arts Festival Residential

By 1 July 2022July 11th, 2022No Comments

28 June – 01 July 2022

Our Year 5 children have just come back from a wonderful few days of immersive arts at the Birmingham Griffin Arts Festival. Take a look below to see what they got up to.

Day 1:

On arrival at Nicholas Chamberlaine School, the host for Birmingham GAF, our Year 5 students received their GAF t-shirts and other merchandise.

Their first creative session of the day was a dance workshop with Ascension Dance Company where they learnt different types of movement and parkour before adding their own spin on things!

Next was a ceramic session where they made clay poppies and coral reefs.
This was followed by a Shakespeare workshop with the company Odd Socks.
The first day ended with a camp out at Nicholas Chamberlaine!
Day 2:
The morning of day two was spent at the Botanical Gardens where they took part in an art workshop based around the artist Andy Goldsworthy, looking at using natural materials to create a piece of art. They then moved into the butterfly house to complete a sketching activity before enjoying a picnic on the beautiful lawns.
At lunch they were surprised to be joined by a special visitor – one of the peacocks – who was keen to see what everyone was enjoying for their lunch!
In the afternoon the group moved on to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts where they had the opportunity to learn about different painting styles and have a go at sketching in the style of the artist.
Following this, they then visited the Lapworth Museum of Geology where they completed an arts award activity. They searched the museum for facts about fossils, dinosaurs and minerals.
Day 3:
The group spent the morning of day three exploring the city centre precinct. They had a tour around Symphony hall and took part in a vocal workshop there.
They continued on their venture around Birmingham, stopping outside the iconic library for a picnic. They were surprised when Perry the bull – the mascot for the Commonwealth Games – came to join them!
After lunch, they visited the Ikon Gallery and had a look at some of the architecture.
In the evening Nicholas Chamberlaine School hosted a Night at the Proms where we had a performance from the Ratby Co-operative band which was incredible!
In addition to this, we were thrilled that Megan – one of our Year 2 Griffins – was presented with her award for her winning entry to the Griffin Schools Trust Monologue competition. Congratulations to Megan and thank you to her family for joining us this evening!