Philip Pullman decries ‘terrible state’ of children’s education in the arts

Children’s education in the arts is in a “terrible state” thanks to an obsession with exams and league tables, the award-winning novelist Philip Pullman has said. The author of the His Dark Materials trilogy urged the government to make theatre visits for schools “a firmly established part of the curriculum”, saying he was concerned about falling numbers of children being taken to plays and concerts.

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Designing Women: Thoughts On a Life

I am a set designer. And as part of my process I make models—tons of them. Because I respond viscerally to space, I explore the potential of design ideas in three-dimensional model form; it’s where I am most methodical when I am designing scenery. Model making comes early in the process and I am prolific in showing multiple models. I am sensitive to the presence of the performer, as visual anchor on stage, and my designs take advantage of the compositional potential of a scene. Each rough white model always shows a proposal for a scene or scene shift.

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Designing Women: Thoughts On a Life

I am a set designer. And as part of my process I make models—tons of them. Because I respond viscerally to space, I explore the potential of design ideas in three-dimensional model form; it’s where I am most methodical when I am designing scenery. Model making comes early in the process and I am prolific in showing multiple models. I am sensitive to the presence of the performer, as visual anchor on stage, and my designs take advantage of the compositional potential of a scene. Each rough white model always shows a proposal for a scene or scene shift.

Read the full story here

Designing Women: Thoughts On a Life

I am a set designer. And as part of my process I make models—tons of them. Because I respond viscerally to space, I explore the potential of design ideas in three-dimensional model form; it’s where I am most methodical when I am designing scenery. Model making comes early in the process and I am prolific in showing multiple models. I am sensitive to the presence of the performer, as visual anchor on stage, and my designs take advantage of the compositional potential of a scene. Each rough white model always shows a proposal for a scene or scene shift.

Read the full story here