Harlow primary pupils get artistic

Freshwater Primary Academy students

A GROUP of year five students at Freshwaters Primary Academy, Harlow, spent time creating art alongside a professional sculptor.

 

The students  spent a day working with professional artist and sculptor Jane Ackroyd.

 

The children had the opportunity to sketch out one of the artist’s famous pieces ‘the cat’ featured in the Gibberd Gallery and received help creating their own work to be placed in the school.

The donkey sculpture created by the students

The sculptor is touring around schools as part of the Masterpieces in Schools initiative, funded by the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund, to encourage students to get into art.

 

Ms Ackroyd said “It is a good excuse to get their hands dirty and makes them see that lots of people continue with art as they get older, even if they do not do it for a job.”

 

Selina Levinson Drake, a learning and engagement officer for Art UK, said “The visit gives children pride in their own artwork, the sculpture they have adopted and their hometown.”

 

A total of 125 schools will be visited by other sculptors as part of the masterpieces in school initiative.

 

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Matthew Collings

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