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Newark: St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Edwinstowe celebrates art week




Pupils at a primary school took part in a week of activities dedicated to art.

Tanya Bee, early years foundation stage teacher and art lead at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Edwinstowe, said the whole school engaged in art week.

“Each class was inspired by a different artist while making links to the Christian value of thankfulness — we are thankful for who we are,” she said.

Children from Reception show their work. Left to right: Henry, Harriett, Phoebe, Lucas and Hugo (49615789)
Children from Reception show their work. Left to right: Henry, Harriett, Phoebe, Lucas and Hugo (49615789)

“In the foundation stage we made links to the artist Frida Kahlo.

“The children were fascinated by her story and her headbands. They were keen to add this iconic style to their work. I started the project with some guided drawing on whiteboards and introduced children to a set of simple steps that would help to shape their drawing.

“Allowing the children to explore first gave them an increased confidence and opportunity to develop their ideas before I introduced a different scale and medium.”

The children used a variety of materials.

“At St Mary’s we use art as a vehicle to connect children’s learning between subjects,” Tanya said.

Pupil Lucas, 5, said: “We used ink and tried to do portraits. When I painted mine I was thinking of my mummy.

“I liked doing it and I think all of the drawings are good, they all have different things in them and that’s what makes them all special.

“I really like art, I like paint and pastels and using ink. I would like to be an artist when I grow up.”

Head Maria Parkin said: “The art week was a wonderful display of our children’s talents and the work they produced was truly inspirational.



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