On 13 June, CH hosted an art workshop for primary school children.
The young artists were tasked with creating their own version of a Pokémon mask. They were taught by the School’s three artists-in-residence, Rosanna Catterall, Amelia Phillips and Kit Mead who came up with the workshop’s theme following a successful project with Christ’s Hospital juniors last summer in response to the ‘Pokémon Go’ craze.
The workshop journey began with a talk on the history of art and how it has evolved over the centuries. The children also looked at artists including Hieronymus Bosch, whose work is known for its fantastic imagery, Max Ernst, painter and sculptor, and Charles Avery, best known for ‘The Islanders’ project. The children were then tasked with designing the masks, cutting them out of cardboard and painting them.
Kit Mead and Rosanna Catterall said: “We were impressed by the children’s creativity and enthusiasm. Overall it was a really fun day.”
Four of the children who took part in the workshop were from The Oaks Primary School, Crawley. Mrs Helen Gavin, Teaching Assistant at the School said: “The art teachers were second to none, very supportive and highly inspirational. They showed the children how drawings of creatures have been interpreted over time which helped to stretch their creative thinking. The children then spent the day designing, making and painting their masks with lunch and afternoon tea in-between. The resources in the art department were incredible. The children used materials they don’t normally have the opportunity to experiment with so this boosted their enthusiasm. We hope to return to Christ’s Hospital for another workshop in the future.”
The art workshop was part of CH's series of workshops organised for primary school children. For further information about future workshops, primary school teachers can contact Michelle Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
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