Arts day to help save the world

AFTER several weeks of working on a variety of projects, youngsters at Felixstowe came together for a special day of arts activities - including music, drama and dance.

AFTER several weeks of working on a variety of projects, youngsters at Felixstowe came together for a special day of arts activities - including music, drama and dance.

Deben High School, a specialist college for the visual and performing arts, was the host for the event with students from its four feeder schools - Colneis Junior, Grange Primary, Kingsfleet Primary and Langer Primary - taking part, and looking at the damage man is causing to the planet.

The children from the schools' gifted and talented sets have been working in their schools with visiting artists this term on different aspects of the theme, before bringing it all together for the special ArtsFour day at Deben.

Visual performing arts co-ordinator Emma Cobain said: “The theme this time was 'The Environment-and the damage that man is inflicting upon it'.

“It was inspired by artist Fran Crowe's work and her exhibition, Walking to Save Some Sea held at Landguard Fort this year.

“It has provided a common link throughout all the work, with children in the feeder schools working on a variety of projects and activities and then coming along to Deben to put it all together on one day for a big celebration.”

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Activities over the past few weeks included a series of workshops, led by visiting artists in art, dance, drama and music.

One project involved the children with their families going to the beach armed with environmentally-friendly paper bags for an afternoon of beachcombing to collect items to act as a stimulus for exhibition work.

Students worked with Suffolk advisory teacher for dance, Michael Platt, vocal teacher Tracey Rayner, and Plymouth's junk band, Weapons of Sound.

Did you enjoy the ArtsFour event? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk .

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