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Year 9 students enjoying wednesday after school Art catch up time

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Sawtry Artwork recognized as best in area

Sawtry VA Art students Olivia Marshall and Alex Bolton voted ‘Best in Show’ in East Midlands A Level Art Competition

The Northampton University Art competition is in its fourth year and the competition is aimed at sixth-form students from across the East Midlands, and aims to find the region’s brightest young artistic talent. The highly prestigious competition is always very popular and draws incredible artwork from many schools including many private schools and sixth form colleges. Sawtry students have won prizes in every previous year but this year was the first year when 2 students were chosen as ‘Best in the Show’.

Judges from the Art Society could not decide upon an overall winner and believed the consistently outstanding portraiture artwork and also amazing photography work from both Olivia Marshall and Alex Bolton deserved to be awarded ‘best in show’. They were awarded £100 each. This is a tremendous achievement and deserved recognition for both students who work very hard and continue to astonish us with their exceptional talent.

‘All the artwork at the competition was incredibel! To find that I won this award was surprising and felt like a great achievement’ Alex

‘The high standard of work displayed in the exhibition left me feeling inspired’. Olivia

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Sawtry VA Art art students enjoy trip to Northampton University for the  East Midlands A Level Art Competition


30 Art students from key stage 4 and key stage 5 enjoyed an evening art trip to Northampton University for the annual East Midlands A Level Art Competition.

The evening started with a comprehensive talk and tour of the Art facilities including workshops and studios by the Head of Art Faculty. Students were highly impressed with the work currently being produced at degree level and were also able to talk to one or two Northampton art students.

The visit enabled the students to see the large exhibition for the A Level Competition and marvel at the outstanding artwork from the regions very best talent in Drawing, Painting, 3D, Photography, Textiles and New Media. The highly prestigious competition is always very popular and the gallery was very busy. Following the time in the gallery the Sawtry art mob then descended on the auditorium for the Prize giving ceremony. Here there were great cheers and celebration as Sawtry yr 13 students Olivia Marshall and Alex Bolton picked up joint first prize for ‘Best in the Show’. Excellent achievement considering 400 entries from schools in the East Midlands area including private schools and sixth form colleges.

A long evening required a quick stop at McDonalds on way home and all students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were greatly inspired to produce their own wonderful Art and Photography work.

‘I really enjoyed the Northampton University trip – seeing all the different Art workplaces and studios in a University was great.’ Rebecca Scrine

‘The Northampton and London trips were great trips. It was fun, inspiring and really interesting. They have really helped me with my art as well.’ Jemimah Marjot

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Sawtry VA students win local Photography Competition

Sawtry VA Jacob Wilson yr 9 and Charlotte Godwin yr7 won prizes for their photographs in the Fruit and Veg category in the Hunts Post Photography Competition

Launched in September and promoted by Sawtry VA Art and Photography Department the competition attracted almost 500 entries,

As well as receiving their prizes, finalists and guests were also able to see their work, and the work of hundreds of others, on display at the exhibition, which was hosted in partnership with St Neots and District Camera Club in St Neots Priory Centre. ‘I was very happy with my achievement and I was not expecting to win’ – Charlotte.

‘I was very happy about winning. I took a photo of an apple with my Nikon D5000 just after it had finished raining. I am very happy and proud of how the photo came out’.

Well done to both students, lets hope it encourages more students to pick up their cameras and take pictures of the world around us.

Also featured on the Sawtry VA Art and Photography Showcase webpage

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Three spewings and a terror scare

 Three spewing s and a terror scare did not ruin a fantastic Sawtry Art GCSE trip to London on Friday 24th November. Three students succumbed to travel sickness on the bus  (and fully recovered instantly) and on the return journey the bus traveled through the Oxford Street area of London half hour before the terror chaos and lock down ensued.

The students marveled at the artwork seen in the visits to both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries. The visit was organised as an important opportunity to study artwork firsthand in support of their coursework projects. A boat trip transport between the two galleries enabled students to relax and enjoy seeing the waterfront attractions and landmarks. A wonderful trip thanks once again to the tremendous behavior and attitude of the Sawtry KS4 students.

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Sixth Form Art & Photography Trip 2017: London  

Sixth form art trip to London Autumn 2017

The Art department organised a trip for sixth form students studying Art and  Photography A Level at Sawtry Village Academy.

The students travelled by train and underground to several locations around London. It was a busy day visiting the Courtauld and National Galleries before then walking up to The Photographers Gallery. There was also the opportunity to explore Trafalgar Square and stop for lunch.

Robyn Blackwell ‘ I thoroughly enjoyed the Art and Photography trip. It was very interesting and informative’.

Amy Bogusz ‘ It was a great trip. It was very inspirational and great to see some of the most famous Impressionist paintings, especially Van Gogh and Monet.’

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Artist of the Month  October 2017

Lucy Collins [ year 10] has been chosen as ‘Artist Of The Month’ due to her exceptional Cubist homework. Lucy  spent over 7 hours creating a painting of a Horse in movement. The painting is complex, imaginative and ambitious. Lucy took her own photographs of a Horse to aid her creation and she researched the Artist Muybridge to inform her understanding. Her commitment to Art is exceptional and as such has earned her ‘Excellence’ PLEDGE.

Lucy is going from strength to strength each and every lesson. It is wonderful to see a student working so hard and challenging herself to get better and understand complex ideas.  Not only is this outstanding work, it is also a great pleasure to teach Lucy.

What a terrific start to GCSE Art. We look forward to seeing your final outcome.

Well done Lucy!

Year 9 GCSE Art Class Monoprinting

A year 9 Art class enjoyed the immediacy of monoprinting. Rolling ink out onto tables the students drew portraits and Cubist portraits over the top to gain some interesting effects.


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Year 8 African masks

There has been a lot of interest in the Year 8 pottery on display in the foyer in Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Members of the public have even stopped and enquired whether they are for sale! Year 8 students researched masks from other cultures, especially tribal masks from Africa before designing their own mask. Using the slab pottery method the students were then able to model their own mask adding details and decoration. After the masks were fired the students then added paint and further decoration.


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Sarah Watson 

A Sawtry VA art student had her work selected by the Royal Academy confirming continued national recognition for the high standards of artwork achieved by our students. Only 49 pieces of Art were selected from over 2,400 submissions and the Royal Academy A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a showcase of Britain’s best young artistic talent.

To see Sarah’s painting ‘You are what you eat’ please visit the Royal Academy website –



Cambridge Regional College Art and Photography Trip 2017

On Thursday 18th June KS4/5 Art and Photography students enjoyed an Art trip to Cambridge Regional College where they were given a guided tour of the Art workshops and studios within the College. After the tour there was time to look around the Art Foundation Diploma Course. The highlight of the day was the Photography workshop where students were able to develop their own Photograms. More photos on the Art and Photography website ( and Facebook.

Here are some students comments on the trip:

Hollie May – ‘I like the originality of the work in the Foundation display and it made me feel inspired as we left.’

Harvey Foster – ‘ I really enjoyed the day and would give 10/10.’

Georgina Chambers – ‘ the trip made me think more about what I would like to do in the future.’

Olivia Marshall – ‘I found the Foundation Exhibition inspiring and it left me with an urge to create. I also really enjoyed the Photography Workshop and developing my own negatives and I got some really good outcomes.’

Tamisa Martin – ‘ This trip gave a good insight into what life after sixth form will be like.’

Holly Warcup – ‘ I enjoyed the whole day and it gave me a taste of the Foundation Course that I will be on next year!’

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Sawtry Village Academy produce sensational exam work.

Sixth form AS and A Level Art students created wonderful artwork in their Art exam on the 25th,26th and 27th April. The artwork which ranged from sensitive detailed drawings to ambitious large scale collages and oil paintings was the strongest ever produced by Sawtry students. With equally wonderful artwork being produced for their coursework, the major summer Art and Photography Exhibition on the 27th June promises to be a real blockbuster.

Major Sawtry VA Art Competition in Hinchingbrook Hospital
If you are visiting Hinchingbrooke Hospital you may want to have a look in the canteen at the display of Art and Photography by Sawtry VA art students. Sponsored by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and open to KS 3,4,5 the display shows all entries in the Drawing, Painting and Photography categories of a major Sawtry VA Competition. Winners of each category receive a cinema ticket and £20 Colemans voucher. The staff and public also have until Friday 7th April to vote for an overall winner to  receive a £30 Colemans voucher.
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Hinchingbrook Hospital: Sawtry Academy Students Ceramics Display

There has been a lot of interest in the Year 7 pottery on display in the foyer in Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The pinchpot animals were created by 7S and members of the public have even stopped and enquired whether they are for sale! Keep it up year 7!

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Norman Cross Gallery: Derek Lopez March 2017

On Thursday 15th March Derek Lopez visited Sawtry VA Art and Photography Department to present a talk on Pathways in Art. He addressed ks3 and ks4 students explaining the importance of Art in his life both in his Engineering career and as the owner of The Norman Cross Gallery. Derek praised the Art department for their role in the teaching and nurturing of his daughter Melissa, who has flourished throughout her days studying Art at Sawtry VA and is now enjoying her Art Degree at Derby.

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Sawtry VA students visit to London, March 2017

On Saturday 4th March Sawtry VA Art Department took 70 year 8 and year 9 students to London on an Art trip.  Firstly, the students carried out some studies and research in the National Gallery including being treated to some Gallery talks. Next, it was time for lunch in Trafalgar Square whilst watching the never ending NHS protest march circle the square. After a brief walk through the march and across the bridge over the Thames, the London Eye was the next destination. After a flight on the London Eye the students piled aboard a boat for a trip up and down the Thames accompanied by a spectacular rainbow. A great thank you to the wonderful students who appeared to really enjoy themselves and we hope they will also enjoy the upcoming GCSE Art trip to London this October

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Cambridge Regional College: Foundation Course Visit

Early in March, Sawtry VA Art and Photography Department welcomed the visit of Rosalind Harrison, Sector Leader for Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Cambridge Regional College. Ros delivered an inspirational talk to sixth form Art and also Photography classes about courses at CRC and also future Careers and Pathways in Art and Photography. She left leaving the students well informed and inspired and also looking forward to a special bespoke taster day in Photography and Printmaking at CRC later in the summer term.

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Sawtry VA Art students awarded runners up in major County Art competition.

Alex Bolton and Amy Bogusz both came runners up in the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artist Competition exhibition at Impington Village College on Saturday 25th February.

CAYAC is a showcase of the best artwork from many schools in Cambridgeshire and the exhibition displayed artwork from 122 students from key stage 1 to key stage 5. Judges from NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) had the very difficult task of selecting the winners and runners up from all key stages and on Saturday these were announced and certificates and prizes awarded to the young artists.

To view all 122 pieces of art work on show visit the website

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Art and Photography taster day at Northampton University

On Monday 20th February yr 10 and yr12 Art and Photography students enjoyed a taster day at Northampton University.

The students listened attentively to talks on life and courses at Northampton University from tutors and students.

Following this the students received a comprehensive tour of the university, living accommodations and the Art and photography studios. There was also time to enjoy a practical workshop run by the sculpture lecturer.

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CAYAC – ‘Cambridge Area Youth Art Competition’

Major Art exhibition at Impington Village College 25th February.

The Cambridgeshire Area Young Artist Competition is a big exhibition of school artwork from the county and started life 5 years ago as an offshoot of The Cambridge Open Art Competition. It is a showcase of the best artwork from many schools in Cambridgeshire and the exhibition displays artwork from 122 students from key stage 1 to key stage 5.

It is the brainchild of Steve Ferris, the art technician at one of the county’s comprehensive schools. His motivation is to promote artistic endeavour amongst Cambridgeshire’s youth, from pre-school up to the sixth form.

The competition is designed to be completely egalitarian and inclusive: state and private institutions have been invited, as well as special schools and organisations that cover home-schooling.

In the face of truly terrible cuts in education, particularly amongst so called ‘soft’ subjects, the thrust of the competition has been to encourage as much as possible across the board, regardless of age or ability. The judges were asked to pick that which appealed to them, with no eye on curricular concerns.

Sponsorship comes from The Arts Society and The Parnell Trust. Organising and putting up the exhibition takes a huge amount of work on the part of volunteers, but year on year the number of entries has risen.

‘I am always moved emotionally by the sheer quality and variety of the work submitted and have to complement the teachers who help bring the paintings and drawings to fruition,’

The exhibition will open on Friday 24th February at Impington Village College from 4 o’clock until 6.00 p.m in case any participants cannot come to the ceremony on Saturday. There will be presentations of prizes for the best in each key stage and the prize-giving ceremony will be in the main hall of the college at 3 o’clock on Saturday 25th February. It will be open from 10.00 until 5.00p.m.

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Year 11 Art Workshop at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge Saturday 18th February

Twelve Sawtry year 11 Art students enjoyed a trip to the Fitzwiliam museum in Cambridge where they were given gallery talks on their Art exam theme as part of the museum’s Source programme. They were then able to use their research to produce some artwork in the museum printmaking workshop, creating a range of fabulous prints.

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Art students enjoy a talk from ex-student Charlie Stretch

Charlie visited the Art Department on Monday 6th February and spoke to ks4 and ks5 Art students. He described his route through school, sixth form and then onto a Fine Art degree at De Montford University.

Charlie discussed the importance of Art Degrees and what student life was like at University. The artwork he brought was very interesting and hopefully his visit has inspired other students to follow a pathway in the Arts.




Art News- Great Fen 2017

On the 25th January 2017 SVA Art department took 11 year 9 students to visit the Great Fen

Project. Students met with the Great Fen Education department for a talk and explored the landscape; taking their own photographs, making sketches and experiencing the Fen first hand.

The Art Department are very pleased and proud to be working with the Great Fen Project for the 6 consecutive year.

This year, some of our keen year 9 students who expressed an interest in this project have been asked to create artwork inspired by their visit for the amazing Trundle mere lookout.

The work will be realised in session 6 classes with Miss Kitching over the coming months.

The work created by our students will be placed on display for visitors to enjoy at the Great Fen in the Trundle Mere lookout.

We look forward to keeping you posted on their progress and sharing their exciting [and no doubt impressive] final outcomes with you.

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Art 2017 Calendar

The Art department is very pleased to announce a free downloadable 2017 calendar. The images have been produced by some of the Academy’s very talented and committed KS3 students. Please find below the downloadable PDF file:


Individual images from the 2017 Calendar:

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GCSE Mock Exam Images December 2016

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A Level Art Competition

Thirty students from all key stages enjoyed an evening Art trip to Northampton University to attend the Private View and Prize Giving of the Northampton University A Level Art Competition. The competition has become very popular and the number of schools entering has risen form six in 2014 ( including Sawtry ) to twenty-two this year. Despite this all fifty pieces from Sawtry VA were exhibited including paintings, drawings, photographs and textiles.

Unfortunately there were no Sawtry VA winners in the individual categories but the best was left to last as Alfie Lawford’s painting ‘ Aging Sentimentality’ was announced as the ‘Best in the Show, winning £100.

The exhibition was tremendously inspirational to all our KS3/4/5 students. In addition to the amazing exhibition and prize giving the Head of Art and Principal Lecturer gave everyone a guided tour of the foundation, B.A and M.A studios and workshops which the studios found incredibly insightful.

A very enjoyable and informative evening enjoyed by our dedicated artists of all ages.

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Artists of the Month – November

The Year 8 Wednesday after school Art Club have enjoyed Art activities including marbling paper, mono printing and lino printing xmas cards.

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Sawtry Village Academy Art Exhibition 2016.

The Sawtry Village Academy Art Exhibition has now become an annual showcase of the tremendous artwork produced by our students studying GCSE, AS and A Level Art.  Parents, friends and family enjoyed the evening perusing at their leisure the wonderful range of work on show.

The standard this year is the highest ever with many pieces demonstrating a technical content that would equal the expertise of work done by more mature artists.  Some students have produced work that goes well beyond the expectations of that level

The exhibition was free and open to parents, friends and members of the public on Wednesday 29th June from 5pm to 7pm.  This year there was also a presentation of awards  for outstanding performance in Art.  Local artist Tony Nero, Norman Cross Gallery owner Derek Lopez, Freelance curator/ artist Michaela D’Agati, NADFAS representative Ros Neugebauer and Artist Francis Reynolds shared their support for Art with inspirational talks and then presented certificates and awards to a number students. Certificates received included from the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Academy.  



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