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The Helen Foundation provides enough funding for schools to engage Daisi to facilitate finding the best artists for each school's own project. Daisi wrote recently:

"Artist Simon Ripley of Double Elephant took a brand new workshop into Our Lady & St Patrick's RC Primary School in Teignmouth for three days last term, with many thanks tor funding from The Helen Foundation . Working with Simon to shape a workshop around the abstract approaches of his own practice has been a fascinating journey and he’ll no doubt agree that we all learn something new every day, but I think these pictures are testament to the fact that the journey always leads somewhere interesting! Simon explores the work of abstract artists before taking participants through the whole creative process from finding inspiration in a pattern or photograph, using it to develop an abstract motif and transforming the motif into a series of original prints."

Simon Ripley wrote in his feedback to Daisi:

Qu: Did the majority of participants appear positively engaged in the workshop?

"Everyone engaged very positively with these workshops and made their own designs and had not previously experienced printmaking. Abstract work gave a certain freedom but also presented challenges of understanding ."

Qu: Were any participants particularly enthused, inspired or affected by the work?

"See the photo of the thank you card they presented me with. Always great to be in a school for 2 days as you get to know everyone better and the children understand better the role of visiting artist."




Head of School Annabelle Thomas of TCS Mill Lane writes:

"During the second half of the Spring term, local artist Sam Lock, came to work with pupils from Teignmouth Community School, Mill Lane on an art project. The aim of the project was to engage the children in thinking, discussing, designing and creating artwork for the school fencing to make the entrance brighter."

"We used ripstop nylon and tulle and represented our close relationship with the sea. The children discussed with Sam the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and explored ways they could reflect them using local wildlife, nature and place."

"For example, their designs incorporated The Ness Headland, seals and the lighthouse. They learned to apply colour, identified textiles, and learnt weaving skills, well as co-operation and team work. They also improved their motor and co-ordination skills. We have had some lovely comments from pupils, staff, parents, visitors and local passers-by about this child-designed art installation.

Thanks to the Helen Foundation for their support with this project. Owing to the pandemic, it has been a number of years since we have been able to have visitors come in and work with the children and the children really loved this."

Lovely project, everyone!


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