Coinciding with the exhibition White Li(n)es (9 December 2014 – 8 March 2016) Students from a range of years worked with artist Bart Lodewijks to explore drawing as a social practice, prompted by conversations with different people and within the fabric of a place.
Bringing the surrounding landscape into the school, they made interventions onto different surfaces of the building, both indoors and outdoors, using tape, chalk and pens.
Additionally they made a new chalk abstract drawing on the playground, triggering the debate on art, ownership and ephemeral interventions.
It was beneficial for students to learn from a professional artist from the community. This gave the masterclass authentic learning experiences and exposed students to connections with community members and the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Teacher, Wapping High School
I felt honoured working with a professional artist because he could be anywhere but he chose to come to this school. I love drawing and seeing someone doing it professionally made me want to improve in my drawing skills. Student, Wapping High School
My attitude and what I think about art and artists has changed because I have realised that artists don’t draw just for money but instead they draw because they enjoy making people happy and also themselves happy. Student, Wapping High School
Bart Lodewijks talks about the 'White Li(n)es' exhibition in this short film.