The Design and Technology subject area introduce our current Departmental aim. ‘Growing Green’


Hello viewers & welcome to the St Marylebone Design & Technology Section of the blog!

We have decided to use this platform to share with you all, our progress with our current & new department development goals to go greener. We are calling this project ‘Growing Green’ and we plan to use this week to introduce it to you. Our aim is to post new each week. The next few weeks are all about introductions before we move onto the juicy stuff!

So the project as a whole intends to create a greener and more sustainable school environment as well as developing students’ understanding of the farm to fork process, scientific principles, environmental considerations and existing and emerging technologies.

The aim of the project is to create a greener, and more inspiring learning environment for ALL students. become more sustainable and environmentally friendly as a department, and later, a whole school community. Involve students in the growing process to not only support their learning, but mental health also.

Lemon tree from a Lemon seed.
Avocado grown from pip as seen below!

Stage 1- Greening classrooms Stage 1 of our project will involve making use of our classrooms to grow produce. Create hanging systems by windows and use of window sills for sowing seeds and growing produce. Purchase of an urban cultivator to demonstrate hydroponics and growing produce in an alternative way. Introduction of a wormery to dispose of food waste produced during lessons.

Stage 2- Use of Blandford Street roof space Use of roof space for growing produce and learning space subject to relevant permissions. Raised beds, water butt, small storage shed and potting area.

The photos are Ms Spielers potted Lemon and Avocado grown from seeds of food waste last spring, swipe for the process. The Last photo is Ms Bardens Lemon tree grown in a Banana! I will keep you informed on its progress every so often in our stories and highlights!

2021 RA Young Artists’ Summer Show.

We are delighted to announce that the work of three Marylebone sixth form students has been selected for the 2021 RA Young Artists’ Summer Show.

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 5 – 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.  This year’s judges included Phyllida Barlow RA and Brian Griffiths.  Two of the students’ works will also be displayed in the RA gallery itself – which is an incredible achievement. Well done to all our students who entered artworks for this prestigious competition.

The online and onsite exhibitions open on 13 July 2021.

If you want to see all the works in last year’s exhibition, press this link!


Today is World Creativity and Innovation Day. Being a proudly creative environment, I asked a Year 9 form to send an image of something where they have used creativity. #worldcreativityandinnovationday

Anchoress – The new zine #worldcreativityandinnovationday

One of the art teachers is a collector of old discarded books and magazines, and the development of the zine came from finding a way to use all the wonderful adverts in the donated Oxfam books. This, with a cohort of art students that were excellent creative writers too, saw the beginning of the sixth form zine. 

The students involved in making their zine, use their drawings and paintings from their current project, mostly on paper and then digitise it. The layering and presentation of visual imagery is all completed digitally. Then the process in repeated for further issues, using the format again and again. The cutting and layering of imagery is an important part of the process. They are developing more sophisticated collaging and layering with their secondary resources. Images from photocopies of books cut and drawn into, old manuscripts and sheet music to draw into and magazine images to cut out are used with the text that has been created by the students. Our sixth form students create the artwork, and all of the content, including the poetry, writing and collected material collages. 

The zine will be available for sixth form soon…. #worldcreativityandinnovationday

Curation Project with Goldsmiths University.

The department has been working with Goldsmiths, specifically their curating department to develop a new project around inclusivity and diversity. We have worked with students as  socially engaged curators on the BA in Curating at Goldsmiths.

There are students who want to work as curators in galleries and those who want to make films, art works or events in and for particular communities. What they share is a keen interest in social and political urgencies and in making projects to address them. The lengths they have gone to to understand what a curator in this widened sense might be, or what a socially engaged art practice might look like, when they’ve often not had access to arts programmes, are really extra-ordinary. But, when we speak to them they feel hesitant or not entitled to study curating, which they imagine to be for ‘other’ kinds of people.  

In conversations we noted that schools shy away from teaching socially engaged practice or develop their students’ understanding of curating and what that can mean. We felt that in looking at diversity in the curriculum it was important to recognise that many young people that we teach are not necessarily from ‘art connected’ backgrounds, we are interested in thinking about how arts education addresses social issues and consider how students from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged and supported on their creative journey

Students in Year nine have been working on the pilot of the curating project and here are some of the works and research that our students have been making.

As part of the pilot unit, students had a virtual workshop from BA Curating students in conjunction with the CCA Goldsmiths Gallery. Their new exhibition of works by MOHAMED BOUROUISSA linked with the socially engaged art that students were looking at, some of the work was made as part of the exhibition workshop.

Back in the studios

Since returning on site, the students have made the most of the three weeks to make the larger scale work, that they have been planning… They are painting, printing with the presses.. It is a joy to see all the work in progress.

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