Mathematical and Scientific Art Sculptures

Tretherras students work with Local Artist to create Mathematical and Scientific Art sculptures

Creative Year 8 and 9 Newquay Tretherras students were given a unique experience when they were chosen to take part in a cross-curricular workshop with acclaimed Fowey artist Simon Thomas.

The Art, Maths, Design Technology and Science departments selected some of their most able students to work with the Cornish artist who is well known for incorporating these subject areas into his own work.

The sculpture sessions saw the young Tretherras learners explore the relationship between Science and Art through the creation of Maths centred structures. To finish, the students were asked to design and build large ‘exponential towers’, some of which had as many as 30 tiers and were taller than their makers!

Mr. Phil Strugnell, Head of Art at Newquay Tretherras commented, “It was fantastic to see the students using Maths and Science to develop their creativity. There was such a high level of engagement and a real thirst for knowledge! It was great to work with such a renowned artist as Simon as well.”

Henry Symonds, one of the Year 9 students involved in the workshop said, “To work with a professional artist was such a good experience and I really enjoyed exploring the collaboration of Art and Maths.”

The enthusiasm for the workshop has inspired the academy to look at repeating the workshop with Simon again in future.