September 30, 2012
The summer ended in a blaze of Helen Foundation-sponsored workshops in schools across Teignbridge. Here’s just a flavour of two of them:
Newton Abbot College
Sculptor Stefan Jennings ran intensive wood-carving workshops at Newton Abbot College and enjoyed the work himself very much.
Art teacher Liza Eldin writes:
“During the last two days of June, Year 8 prospective GCSE Art students from Newton Abbot College were given the fantastic opportunity of working on a wood-carving project with noted sculptor, Stefan Jennings, to slowly and carefully carve out a frieze on two large panels of local oak. As the carving progressed, it transformed into a collaboration between the students and the artist.
Student Georgia McNally said:
“The wood-carving was a fun, new and exciting experience. It was great to work with an artist and learn new skills.”
This inspiring project was funded by The Helen Foundation who support a variety of projects at the College. The students received an undeniably unique experience of not only learning how to carve wood but also the opportunity of working with a practising artist. The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for our students to create an outstanding and highly creative wood-carving that will help mark the opening of the new College Art Centre next Spring.”
Led by artist, Sara Downham Lotto, children at Abbotskerswell had a glorious – and sticky! – time making huge tissue-paper collages. Great results!