Art @ Heber

We are lucky enough to have a professional artist and teacher working in our custom built Art Room within the school. Michael Worobec is a prize winning artist who works out of his Hackney Wick studio. He has previously exhibited at the Mall Gallery London and the Royal Academy in Edinburgh. Michael was recently awarded the Arts Council funded Hackney Wicked Prize resulting in a solo show of paintings. A former head of department at a Secondary school, he now shares his creative journey with the children at Heber school.

The children have plenty of opportunities to express themselves using a variety of different media, such as clay, paint, textiles, drawing, collage to name a few. Children are taught specific art skills and shown how to use art equipment appropriately. Art is always a cross-curricular activity drawing on and being inspired by other areas of learning such as History, Geography, Science, Maths as well as different cultures. Music, cuisine and belief systems of the past and present are all expressions of art and serve as inspiration to the individual works produced by the children who are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas on the art and artists that they discover in the Art room.

Children use a wide range of tools, equipment and materials. They are given the space, time and support of enthusiastic staff to help them develop their potential. All children are told when they ask, ’Can I do this?’ yes you can as you are the artist – these choices are for you to make.

At the start of each term, all children are entered into Art Boot Camp. These are lessons that are designed to challenge and address important skills and knowledge specific to Art and kept in their metaphorical art tool box. After these initial lessons, the class start on Topic inspired activities relevant to their year group using any past knowledge gained at Boot Camp. Examples of these skills are: The colour wheel, colour theory, mixing paint, perspective, mark making, texture, tone, pattern, proportion, positive and negative space, composition, art history, art terms and vocabulary, printing skills, 3D construction and art appreciation to name but a few.

Annually the Art Room organises and hangs a show that celebrates the hard work and success of our children and all parents and carers are invited to attend and marvel at the talent that Heber is proud to have here.

In the past Heber art has appeared on a local housing development in East Dulwich and featured on the huge video wall at Waterloo station as well as other rail stations throughout the land as part of a Christmas themed competition. Children have also won local art competitions and exhibited this success in local shops.