Cowley Road Carnival – Space is the Place

A large group of our Year 9 GCSE students have been involved in Cowley Road Carnival this year. The theme for the carnival procession this year was ‘Space is the Place’; so we ran a cross-curricular project between Art and Physics. Students initially took part in a Science workshop at school led by Physicists from Oxford University. They learnt about different wavelengths and got to view the universe through VR headsets in Gamma rays, microwaves and visible light. At the end of the workshop students used this knowledge to come up with ideas for structures that they would go on to make with visiting artist Caitlin Howells and show at the carnival.

The students came up with some fantastic ideas which Caitlin took away and used to plan the final designs. The making workshops took place over 3 very busy days and the results were amazing! We had 3 large structures that we showed at the Cowley Road Carnival procession. The carnival was very busy (and hot), so many people got to enjoy seeing what they had made.

The students were imaginative, dedicated and worked solidly each day. They have learnt a lot about working collaboratively, 3D construction, working to a project brief and working with professional artists and scientists, as well as finally presenting their work to an audience at a community event.
It has been great to link the two subjects and students can see how ideas and knowledge can be realised through their artwork to give them a greater understanding. Their work got a great reception and the students really enjoyed being part of the project.

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