Mrs Beacroft’s love of art is evident in every lesson she teaches here at Northampton High School. Creating art is not just a passion in the classroom, but a lifelong endeavour for our Head of Faculty, who spends her free time producing spectacular pieces in her dedicated studio. Influenced by her love of gardening, her work captures the beauty of nature and the outdoor world, often taking inspiration from rural Northamptonshire.
We are delighted to share that Mrs Beacroft’s art is currently being exhibited at 78 Derngate and is available to view and purchase until Friday 22 December. This is an excellent opportunity for students to view her talented art and learn more about what it means to be a professional artist. To learn more about Mrs Beacroft’s work, please read below:
“My BA (hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, along with many years teaching across Art, Craft & Design disciplines have equipped me with a huge passion and a solid base of experience and expertise. In my personal work I use oils, acrylics or watercolours, often taking inspiration from my surroundings or travels further afield. Employing a range of tools allows me to create subtle marks, washes and expressive brushwork. When using mixed media, I love to capture the intense detail and natural textures of trees, drawing with micron pens, inks and watercolours on heavy paper.
Stepping out from Silver Birch Studio takes me directly into the garden where I can sketch and experiment with compositions for lino designs, using V and U shaped carving tools to create relief prints. My drypoint plates are incised with an etching tool and I ink up using the intaglio method. Home-grown flowers and seed heads are fun to carve as they provide exciting lines, shapes and forms – perfect for printmaking. The beauty of nature is always at the heart of what I create.”
We are very proud to have the work of our talented staff on display, and we hope this inspires the budding artists here at Northampton High! If you wish to view more of Mrs Beacroft’s work, please click here.