Harrow Way Art students get MechAnimal at the Army Air Museum

When tasked with creating artwork which fuses animals with mechanical components, where better to conduct some serious engineering research than the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop? Forty Harrow Way Year 9 Art students visited the museum which is home to helicopters and aeroplanes depicting over 100 years of Army aviation.

Students were spoiled for choice sourcing mechanical components for the Mechanimals project with engines, aircraft parts and even a cross section of a S11 missile on display. They were asked to pay particular attention to ‘circles’, ‘fastenings’ and ‘texts’ through their collections of sketchbook drawings and photographs which would provide help inspiring their own ideas for fusing animals with mechanicals.

Chrissy Collins, Curriculum Leader for Art, explains: “The Museum of Army Flying was the perfect venue for this trip because the range of engineering objects on display is so vast. The students were spoiled for choice deciding what to sketch and photograph. Our thanks to Mark England, Education Officer, for kindly providing a range of resources for the students to collect visual information on. There is nothing better than being able to illustrate a lesson in the context of a real-life environment which the students get so much more from.”

Harrow Way holds the prestigious Artsmark Gold status which is awarded by Arts Council England in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. In August 2015 Harrow Way GCSE students achieved 85% A* to C grades.

For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harrowway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.

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