Helen Foundation Workshops update – October 2015

October 18, 2015

Last month, we featured a number of summer-term THF supported workshops and here are some more.  It was a bumper summer!

Bearnes Ceramic Wall Tiles – Taja

Artist Taja studied painting and drawing in his native Japan before coming to England where he taught himself ceramics. In a joint project between the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and THF, Taja worked with children from Bearnes School, Newton Abbot to create individual ceramic pieces based on natural themes that were then incorporated in a lovely mosaic-style freize in the school grounds.  Lovely addition to the playground!

Bovey Tracey School Recorder Quintet – Fontella

For the second year running, The Helen Foundation supported a special workshop for children organised by the Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey. This year, Fontanella, a specialist recorder group, ran a series of workshops at the school culminating in a performance for parents. Featuring five of the UK’s leading recorder players, this recorder ensemble  entertains audiences of all ages in a variety of programmes designed to bring the history of this remarkable instrument to life. Just brilliant!


Buckfastleigh 3D American Totem Poles – James Lake

Lowenna Sharpe from Buckfastleigh writes:

“The project provided the children with experience of making scultures related to our topic North America.  The children were completely engaged and enthused for the entire day.  Nearly all the children took exceptional pride in their work and were desperate to get it  finished. James is brilliant to work with, incredibly well prepared, hard working and flexible.  He is also very inspirational and the children loved him.

Decoy 3D Sea World – Naomi Vincent

Artist Naomi Vincent specialises in small-scale sculptures using natural materials like shells and driftwood and  the results she achieves with children are stunning! Youngsters at Decoy created these wonderful pieces.




Christow Mural – Lucy Jackson

Artist Lucy Jackson worked with children at Christow school to create a large mural in a corner of the playground.  Each child contributed part of the design and painting and the result is a really bright corner of the yard.  Well done everyone!

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