Mini Mon­drian and diddy David Hock­ney

Chal­font St Pe­ter pupils en­joy a week of art events

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS em­braced their in­ner artists dur­ing a spe­cial week at Chal­font St Pe­ter CofE Academy, where they ex­plored the work of a num­ber of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary artists.

Chil­dren at the school took part in the an­nual Arts Week – Artists in Ac­tion, in the week just be­fore half term.

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties they par­tic­i­pated in were oil pas­tel cir­cle de­signs in the style of Kandin­sky – cre­ated whist lis­ten­ing to 12 dif­fer­ent pieces of mu­sic – pas­tel and wa­ter colour swim­ming pools based on David Hockey paint­ings and Mon­drian in­spired squared pat­terns.

An­other pop­u­lar ses­sion was de­sign­ing hats in a Pop Art style, based on ideas from Pe­ter Blake, which the chil­dren then wore in a fash­ion show dis­play in the hall. Street dancer Dave led dance ses­sions for ev­ery class and at the end of each day the chil­dren per­formed to their year group.

Wire sculp­tures artist Darcy Turner – who’s own wire cut­ting and tape dis­pens­ing ma­chines caused much in­ter­est and in­volve­ment – in­spired the chil­dren to cre­ate wire and sil­ver tape arte­facts, rang­ing from jew­ellery to an­i­mals, Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and a hang­ing bas­ket.

The week cul­mi­nated with a visit from the Im­age Theatre Group, per­form­ing the Os­car Wilde tale, The Self­ish Gi­ant.

Sev­eral chil­dren were in­vited to per­form in cos­tume along­side the ac­tors and the whole school was in­volved in singing the songs through­out the pro­duc­tion.

Arts co­or­di­na­tor Brenda Meek said: “It has been an­other amaz­ing Arts Week. When I first joined the school I ini­ti­ated this event, never dream­ing it was go­ing to take off in such a dra­matic way each year. It has evolved to be­come a high­light of the school year and many of the chil­dren tell me it is the best week ever.

“It takes a great deal of or­gan­i­sa­tion and all the staff work hard to pro­vide won­der­ful ac­tiv­i­ties. Com­ments such as th­ese make it very worth­while.

“It also show­cases our pro­mo­tion of the arts, which was recog­nised last year when we achieved the Arts­mark Gold award for the third time.”

Im­age Theatre present The Self­ish Gi­ant. Left, Harry Bond, Archie Hill Year 5. Be­low, Year 6 pupils make Pop Art hats

Mon­ica Pratap and Zakib Arnould with their Kandin­sky Pat­terns. Left, Safa Moghul and her Pop Art hat

Ver­ity Matthews, Holly

Barker, Year 4

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