January 19, 2014
The Newton Abbot Learning Community, (NALC) comprising 8 schools in the Newton Abbot area, spent months during 2012-2013 planning a really ambitious project that will come to fruition in July 2014. Julia Payne from Newton Abbot College writes:
“We have decided to call the project ‘365- a year in the life of the youth of Newton Abbot’ and want to use film, animation, photography, printmaking and sculpture to document this. We are planning a huge exhibition of work for Summer 2014 – possibly an installation. We have contacted Newton Abbot Town Council to discuss possible venues and they are very excited about the project and have asked if we could design and create some permanent banners for the town centre, art for the railway station and decorate some utility boxes as part of the project. It’s wonderful to have their support!
The NALC Arts Project was with a Film Making Workshop for Newton Abbot Primary and Secondary Teaching Staff, led by professional Film Maker James Price from the Exeter Phoenix. They learned how to use a film camera, storyboard an idea, and film and edit a documentary. During the workshop, they explored these skills and made a film about making a cup of coffee – with highly imaginative results which was great fun! Teaching Staff then used their new skills to lead workshops with groups of students who made their own films called ‘When I grow up I want to be…………’. The outcomes were really creative, amusing and really impressive. The students are now planning their own films back at school to make and showcase in the Summer Arts Festival Seale Hayne on July 12th 2014 at Seale Hayne.
We have now started working with sculptor, James Lake. Students have begun making large figurative sculptures inspired by his artwork, and using the same materials and techniques. James has been very impressed with the students’ hard work and enthusiasm. We continue these workshops after Christmas.
Trustees wish the project every success and will report on further workshops throughout 2014.