As part of our broad and balanced curriculum, the school has been involved with a series of projects to broaden the children’s experience of creative arts.We are an Arts Mark school and support our children in achieving an Arts Mark accreditation, awarded by the Arts Council, for their participation in a range of art and cultural experiences.
Last academic year, we completed our three year Artist in Residence project. The project was funded by the Arts Council and involved three schools Each term our Artist (Pat Southern-Pearce) was based in one of the three schools. During each term, the children throughout the host school observed Pat working. Children worked with Pat to produce collaborative pieces of work. A group of gifted and talented art Stars from each school were selected each term to work together and attend additional workshops. Children from across the school attended an after school art club run by Pat. Themes were selected for each term and included layout, inspiration from music, gardens and flowers, nature and trees, sketch books, watercolours and pattern making to music. Several exhibitions were held at the end of each term and a final exhibition to celebrate the three year project was held at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.
In 2016/17 we began work with a different Artist in Residence working with Super Slow Way and The Arts Council. We are pleased to be working with Marina Moreno, an artist originally from Venice, who has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Her work in school has focussed on many aspects of creative art development including drawing, movement, dance and drama and film installation. She has worked with parents, children and staff to celebrate culture and diversity through creative story writing. The project will end with a performance at the end of the academic year.