June saw a wealth of school THF-supported arts workshops across Teignbridge as schools took advantage of their annual THF subsidies and the new opportunities offered by the Arts Recovery Fund. Such an exciting arts activity month - and yet more due this month! It's brilliant to see so many children fired up and absolutely absorbed in their creative work. More workshops are scheduled for this month, with over 500 children benefiting by the end of term. Here’s just a flavour of what has been happening so far.
Artist Simon Ripley from Double Elephant ran a print-making workshop with two classes of children at Christow Community Primary School, inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Jo Burton from Christow writes:
"The children learned about the process from the design to the printing stage. They were involved in all aspects of their own printing. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm and excitement from children who are not always motivated by art. The outcomes were very beautiful prints!"
Naomi: "I learned that you can overlap and it looks really effective."
Zoe: "Thank you! I learned a really cool thing and had lots of fun!
Lauren: "I liked how free the workshop was".
Finlay: "I LOVED IT!"
Emily Parr from Dawlish College writes:
"The Helen Foundation kindly financed and supported our Year 10 Art students with a one-day art workshop run by James Hedge, exploring identity in relation to the climate crisis.
In preparation for the workshop, the students needed to collate images around five aspects of portraiture:
• Body Language
The students initially created a surrealist collage - the foundation for the day's workshop. Once the student had a strong collage image they were then transferred onto a board where they were introduced to the ‘fill and stroke’ technique along with building up a monochromatic image."
Art teacher Emily Parr commented:
"The outcomes are wonderful. Every student was fully engaged in the process and delighted with the their work which they will use in support of their GCSE Art portfolio.
Our thanks go to The Helen Foundation, to Daisi
and James for a very valuable workshop."
ALL SAINTS MARSH SCHOOL
The school wrote:
"The children were treated to a marvellous art day funded by The Helen Foundation, and supported by Daisi who provided one of their registered professional artists to engage and inspire each of them to think like artists. Our lucky children received the wonderful opportunity to produce artwork using compressed black charcoal and white chalk."
"Before creating their masterpieces, the children practised their shading skills and perfected each stroke before moving on to making creative outcomes that involved pastels and observational drawings."
"The inspiring artist, Monica Shanta Brown, encouraged the pupils to look for specific details and to accurately represent shadows and lights for each object. Templar Class have enjoyed themselves learning about texture, shadow and light and putting techniques into practice when drawing still life."
"We are proud of all the classes for showing such great skill and for engaging with their creative side, and we can all definitely agree that they all did a wonderful job. A great thank you goes out to The Helen Foundation and Daisi once more. We look forward to more inspiring art sessions in future."
OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Artist Amy McCarthy led a superb workshop at Our Lady and St Patrick School using perspex to create stained-glass like images - with stunning results!
Kristina Webber from Our Lady writes:
"The children learned about her work as an artist, and about how she creates stained glass art, often drawing from nature as inspiration.They learned techniques from Amy and designed perspex stained-glass hangings, which used the theme of life-cycles. They researched and created designs based on natural life-cycles - butterflies, frogs, plants and even microbial life forms!
Each child's life-cycle 'chain' hanging is displayed in a prominent window at our school, where they are lit up and can be seen against the view of Teignmouth and the sea behind."
One pupil wrote:
“I love drawing but I'm not very good at it. However, the workshop really helped me to enhance my drawing skills and work on making them better. The activities in the workshop sometimes required me to put a lot of faith in myself and believing in myself which I don't do very much. The workshop definitely helped me mentally and physically. It was an amazing experience.”
ARTIST AMY McCARTHY comments:The inspiring artist, Monica Shanta Brown, encouraged the pupils to look for specific details and to accurately represent shadows and lights for each object. Templar Class have enjoyed themselves learning about texture, shadow and light and putting techniques into practice when drawing still life."support. We need art more than ever in these strange ti"