What do you get when you put 30 children in a classroom with poster paint, glue and tissue paper? Some fabulous collages of Buxton landmarks (and a lot of mess!)
This messy fun was not just because I love to cut and stick, but because we are working with children from Buxton Infants School to help them achieve their Discover level Arts Award. Over eight weeks 60 year one children at the school will have a go at visual art, poetry and singing. They will also discuss ‘what is art’ and ‘what makes an artist’ and will have a tour around Buxton Opera House and a drama workshop with Crazy Craig (otherwise known as Craig Sanders, Learning and Participation Officer at Buxton Opera House).
Last week the kids met Buxton artist, Suzanne Pearson, and grilled her about how she became an artist; whether she prefers paint or pencils, what time of day she paints and where she gets her inspiration from. Suzanne invited the children to do a postcard size drawing to submit into the Green Man Gallery’s 6×4: Inspired by Landscape project which aims to generate 5,000 pictures to exhibit and break a world record.
Arts Award is an accredited scheme supported by Arts Council England and provided by Trinity College London. After completing the Arts Award eight-week programme with Buxton Festival, each child gets a certificate presented at a celebration assembly at school. From September 2016 we hope to get over 300 children from five Buxton primary schools through their Arts Award at the Discover Level – that’s a lot of mess and fun!
Claire Barlow Outreach Manager