Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester
This year we are working in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery as part of our work to renew our Arts Mark and develop our wider curriculum. We have been very fortunate as part of this relationship, to have been loaned four pieces of artwork from the Horsfall Collection. This collection of art resides with the gallery and one of the pieces we have was on display in the gallery over the summer.
The gallery unearthed this forgotten collection a few years ago and working with Horsfall’s target audience, school children, co-curated the exhibition Art for All; Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester with Year 5 pupils from Harpurhey, Manchester.
A Background to the Horsfall Collection
Thomas Coglan Horsfall (1844-1932) was a pioneering philanthropist who established the Manchester Art Museum in 1884 in Harpurhey, moving it to larger premises at Ancoats Hall in 1886. The Museum was at the forefront of developments in art education, operating an innovative picture loan scheme for schools. In the 1880s, Harpurhey and Ancoats were crowded working class areas: the residents lived hard lives in impoverished surroundings.
Horsfall wanted to make them aware of natural beauty by means of the Museum. He decided to locate the Museum close to their homes and to open it until 10 o’clock at night and on Sundays so that working people could visit. The Museum showed decorative and industrial art, original paintings and drawings, and copious reproductions. The works of art were arranged in themed rooms and everything had an explanatory label
You can read more about the collection at http://www.thehorsfallcollection.org.
On Monday four works of art were delivered to us, three are in the Arts Base and one is in the staff room. The aim being that we will work with them throughout the year to consider our city, our place in it, and have a space to reflect and consider our wellbeing as children and staff too. We hope to be able to share the paintings with parents and other schools in our community this being such a special opportunity.
We have been given The Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest by Andrew MacCullum, which is in the staff room.Also Monograph of the Paradiseidae;Craspedophora Magnifica by J Gould & W Hart, Lake Coniston Seen From Yewdale & Lake Maggiore by Harry Goodwin. These are in the Arts Base.Look out on our website for class work around these paintings and opportunities to appreciate them.
Mrs Sullivan- Art Coordinator
At Chorlton CE we believe Art and Design contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. It creates in the child a sense of enjoyment and a sense of purpose.
Arts Weeks and Chorlton Arts Festival
In the Autumn term we have an 'Arts Week' in which the children have the opportunity to take part in various arts activities. Over the last couple of years we have had digital, environmental, book themes. This year we are going global with an international theme reflecting our rich diversity- more details to follow.
We also take part in the local Chorlton Arts Festival in the Summer term- details of this festival to follow....
Art and Design- Aims
Key Stage One
The children will be:
Key Stage Two
The children will be:
� Producing creative works- exploring ideas and recording experiences in sketch books;
� Improving the mastery in drawing painting, sculpture and other art craft and design techniques;
� Evaluating and analysing creative woks using the language of art, craft and design. Adapt our own work from discussing, comparing and learning from our own and others work;
� Learning about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural developments of their art forms;
2016- 17- Artsmark Award
This year we are working gaining this accreditation. It is an award given to schools which champion arts and culture as we certainly do. It is an opportunity for us to evaluate our arts provision in our school and think of ways that we could further improve this.