Budding artists display their talents

AWAY from technology and back to basics and the natural environment was the key to a special art week at a Felixstowe school.Youngsters at Colneis Junior left their computers and calculators behind to spend time on the beach and in woodland, making sculptures and other artwork and learning about the world of nature.

AWAY from technology and back to basics and the natural environment was the key to a special art week at a Felixstowe school.

Youngsters at Colneis Junior left their computers and calculators behind to spend time on the beach and in woodland, making sculptures and other artwork and learning about the world of nature.

They were joined by artist in residence, Liz McGowan, whose own work often involves using natural materials to form temporary structures that later decay.

She helped the children with a series of different projects and ideas focusing on the patterns, colours, shapes and textures of the materials they collected.


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Every pupil in the school was able to participate as normal curriculum lessons were put to one side for everyone to concentrate on art.

Art co-ordinator Mandy Mackenzie said: "The idea was that as we live in a technology age, we would make the children go back to basics and look at what is around them.

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"Year Three went to the beach to collect materials and made a mosaic on the school field from the pebbles, shells and seaweed they collected.

"The Year Six pupils went to The Grove woodland to look for fallen wood, leaves and ivy and other materials. They made some sculptures in the wood which people walking through will be able to see, though those sculptures will eventually decay and disappear."

Other examples of Year Six's work, which was to create animal sculptures, were made at back school.

Year Five's work had involved making paper and decorating it with leaves to create a giant vine, while Year Four had taken part in tree dressing, decorating trees around the school grounds with a seasonal theme.

Liz McGowan said: "The children have been fantastic and worked really hard and with lots of enthusiasm and have done some brilliant work. They have really enjoyed it and it's been a lot of fun."

The work was put on display as an exhibition so that parents could see it.

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