Eskdale Junior school enjoy an alternative art class

Eskdale Junior school enjoy an alternative art class

Posted on 08/11/16  |  Posted in Main News

Eskdale Junior School in Chilwell have recently taken part in an innovative felt workshop after winning our art display competition with their class 'space' display.

The competition entitled ‘Dazzling Displays’ ran in the summer term and was designed to encourage primary teachers to share their class’ artwork and celebrate the fabulous exhibits that are often hidden away inside Nottinghamshire's classrooms. After receiving some amazing entries from primary and SEN schools across the county, Eskdale Juniors were judged as our overall winners receiving a free art workshop for their class.

Yorkshire based textile artist and ex-teacher, Jo Hunter ran the half day workshop on behalf of Teaching Force, with the year 6 children from the school. Creating designs that followed a landscape theme, the children took inspiration from landscape photos and learnt to explore colour and texture as they layered soft merino wool to build up a picture. Once they had completed their picture the children learnt the art of the felting process.  They gently poured warm water over their designs and pressed it flat using bubble wrap, the surface of the picture was then rubbed using soap and more water. Finally, the picture was rolled up around a tube back and forth for at least 200 times which shrinks and felts the wool together to make the final landscape picture.

Katherine Playford, teacher at Eskdale school commented:

“The children had great fun and loved learning how the different parts came together to create their pictures. They were thrilled with their final designs and many of our parents and teachers have stopped to admire their artwork. It was great to be given the opportunity to have a local artist to come into school. It was an exciting and fun activity for the children” 

Jo Hunter exhibits her work at galleries and exhibitions across the UK however she is keen to pass on her skills and experience and regularly visits schools to run her felt workshops. She commented:

 “The children and their teacher loved the workshop and produced some beautiful designs. They learned lots of new skills and were very engaged in the lesson. They were a lovely class and a pleasure to teach.”

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