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by Ellen Nowak

On Monday 19th June students from North Cambridge Academy celebrated 
achieving their Bronze Arts Award with a trip to The Museum of Classical 
Archaeology and strawberries & ice cream by the River Cam.

The Arts Award is a unique qualification that supports young people to 
grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and 
take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art 
form. Today's celebration marked the end of a year-long project 
commissioned by My Cambridge and delivered in partnership between the 
University of Cambridge Museums and the school.

The students' Arts Award project was centred around the theme of colour, 
and began with a trip to the Colour exhibition at The Fitzwilliam 
Museum. As part of the trip students took part in an art workshop in 
which they created illuminated letters using egg tempura in the museum's 
studio. Afterwards, students wrote up reviews of the exhibition and 
shared these back at school with Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning at the 

Next, students were visited in school by Rosanna Martin, an artist from 
Kettle’s Yard who introduced them to clay techniques including sgraffito 
and the use of coloured slips. The students created some beautiful clay 
work that impressed the Arts Award moderator. The students were then 
visited by Rosanna Evans from The Whipple Museum of the History of 
Science, who taught them about the science of colour. The students took 
part in a colour-wheel activity that they then taught to their peers in 
another Year 7 class.

The students then visited an Open House event run by Kettle’s Yard at a 
local church. They met Isabella Martin, the Open House Artist in 
Residence, who helped them create screen print maps of the area in which 
they live. They viewed works by Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson and 
chose one of these artists to research for their project.

Finally, the students were visited by the Museum of 
Classical Arcaheology and looked at themes of colour in classical 
archaeology. They were introduced to the Peplos Kore, an ancient Greek 
statue of a young girl that would have been painted in a riot of colour. 
This challenges ideas of the bright white marble that we tend to imagine 
when we think of ancient Greek art. As part of their celebratory trip to 
the museum the students got to see a cast of the Peplos Kore.

Many thanks to My Cambridge and to all of the school and museum staff 
involved in the project... and huge congratulations to all of the