“Independent Practice” is a project established in 2010 by Cubitt Education at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGAS). The aim of the project was to encourage pupils to begin to explore their artistic identity and develop portfolios linked to their own interests and questions. Cubitt artist, Alexandra Hughes, worked alongside EGAS art teacher, Soraya Insua, to encourage pupils to explore independent practice in different mediums and to produce individual bodies of work. The pair worked together for two lessons per week for 13 months with a group of GCSE students, aged between 14 and 16.
This activity within the Independent Practice Project at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School involved the students picking random words out of books, newspaper, magazines or their imaginations and placing them together in random orders to create strange titles. These were then refined and became the student’s titles for their extended projects.