Creature Creators



Adam and Michael developed their animation skills this week by looking at character creation. Using a simple character made of a body with two eyes and a nose, they explored what could be created with the simple addition of eyebrows and a little bit of hair. They also looked at how the use of simple contrasting colours can be used to great effect.


Great work from two of our top animators.

Well done Michael and Adam!

March 2nd, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

A Load of Rubbish


A bag of junk from the scrap store provided inspriration for the Art room this week. Students explored, relief, scale, patterning, order and systems, creating some beautiful 2D/3D work. Contributions from : Johny, Lloyd, Bronwyn and Dylan. Photography by Jamie who looked at light /shadow and composition.

Hooray for Rubbish!

March 2nd, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

Dylan in D&T (where else?)

dylan-stepsIf you want a quality job, done in timber, Dylan’s your man. Following on from the success of the box, (hope you had a good birthday Mum) he set his hand to making a set of steps, for those hard to reach places.

Beautifully finished in pine, and able to take Phil’s weight, (Shiny NOT Hairy) they’re a must!


February 13th, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

Lloyd gets Sketchy


Lloyd was back on form in the Art room this week, creating a design for a wall mural based on kids toys. “Toy Box” was created using photography, elements of graffiti, multimedia, Ink and crayon. Keep on working at this rate, mate, and you’ll have a bustin’ portfolio.

February 13th, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

Cranborne in the snow

Jay, Jay, Carl, Chris and James have been helping to build a Viking longhouse at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne. It’s a huge project involving lots of young people and using only the technology that would have been available in Viking times.

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February 12th, 2009 by Ian in curriculum

Road Rage Rampage

Jacob made this excellent short film:

February 8th, 2009 by Ian in Links for students



Today the Prince’s Trust XL Club started their new enterprise project. The group came up with the idea of a handmade card-making business after discussions following the Christmas holidays of the high prices that people paid for that special card for their loved ones (prices ranged between £4 and £7!!!).

So, the group set off to do some internet research, and were surprised by the amount of on-line card-making sites, all were charging very high prices for handmade cards. So with a portion of the funds they had raised on their Christmas stall, purchased all the resources they needed to start up their business.

As you can see the student’s first efforts are exceptional, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching are hoping for lots of orders. The cards cost £1.50 each and can be customised for any occasion.

We wish the XL Club every success in their new venture, who knows this time next year they could be millionaires!!!!

January 28th, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

The Woman in Black

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Culture came to the centre, or rather the centre went to the culture this week, with a trip to the capital, to see some theatre. Jonny, Andrew, Charles, Esme, Emily, Emily and Emily dared to go to London with Jez, Julia, Vicky and Phil. As if this wasn’t scarey enough, they all went to see the West End’s scariest show, now in its terrifying 20th year, Susan Hill’s, “The Woman in Black”

Arriving early we took the opportunity to enjoy some of the joys of life in the Big City, Covent Garden, Chinatown in all of it’s run up to new year glory, mouth watering ice cream and urban exploring.

The Show lived up to its reputation and our spines were tingled, pimples goosed and hair raised. See it, if you dare!

January 22nd, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students



Esme and Emily designed posters for the book Coraline. We took photos of ourselves and one of Emily’s button, the ONLY button in the centre, and gave ourselves button eyes.

January 16th, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students

Chelsea and D+T

Chelsea made a 3D model of her D&T project in Truespace. It was her first time using 3D modelling software and she picked it up and ran like the wind with it. After experimenting with a few different materials, she decided on a blue glass magazine shelf. Classy! More great work from Chelsea. Study on mate, it's becoming a habit.

January 16th, 2009 by PhilS in Links for students