Workshop update March 2014: Our Lady and St Patrick School

March 7, 2014

THF_recentnews_lady_600x350Last month, Our Lady and St Patrick undertook their annual Arts Week and drew on Helen Foundation subsidies to engage Monica Shanta Brown to work with the children to make banners, whilst Pip Jones and Ali Roscoe worked on ‘The Story Explorer’,an immersive project for young children which focuses on letters, word play and story building, engaging the children through live performance, dance and movement, visual arts and story creation.

Friend of THF, Michelle Greenwood Brown, visited during the week and reported on Monica’s banner project. She writes:

“The children had made drawings of their hands and drew patterns onto them. They then cut hand shapes out of red fabric and decorated them with various materials. The hands would be placed radiating out from a central ‘sun’ on the large material banner, each year group making one concentric ring of the finished design. Photos of the children’s friends or family would be placed in their hand shape”.

The classroom was a hive of activity and the tables were piled with very colourful fabrics. The children were really enjoying laying all the completed fabric hands onto the banner, to see how they would look once Monica had sewed them on.
The children were clearly enjoying the chance to do something different and I think it’s good for them to all contribute to one creative outcome that will be displayed in the school.”

Carol Webster visited the final production on behalf of THF at the end of the week and wrote:
“I went to the School Assembly and was impressed with the artist and the work of the children. Monica’s banner is stunning, and I only saw a small part of the Jack and the Beanstalk project. From what Jan {I think that is her name} said there was huge commitment behind their work. I had a lovely time, and was told that there would be photos etc to follow. Huge thanks were sent too to THF.”

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