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Celebrating East London's Young Artists

Submitted by Education on Tue, 29/11/2016 - 14:25

Young artists from six schools across Stratford, Forest Gate and Plaistow came together last week to celebrate their amazing achievements as part of the Sarah Bonnell Consortium.  

Over the past year, students and teachers have worked with professional artists from Bow Arts on an inspiring programme of arts education which included individual school projects, professional development for teachers and Arts Award accredited enrichment. The programme culminated in an exhibition which had a strong sculptural focus.

The exhibition included Sarah Bonnell Year 8 students’ intricate clay pieces inspired by microscopic imagery, and a series of abstract 3D forms made by Year 10 GCSE Art groups through experimentation with wax, fabric and papier mache. Year 5 children from Portway and Selwyn Primary showcased their wire bird sculptures which were transformed from continuous line drawings, while Sandringham Primary’s Lion King-inspired willow hangings were on display. 

Alongside the exhibition, children took part in artist led workshops. Many of these had nature as a starting point; children used feathers as painting tools, illustrated wild animals onto clear plastic bunting, and made wire and willow sculptures inspired by leaves.

I have learnt that there are so many different ways to produce art!  


To round off the day, the children welcomed their families to the exhibition to show off all their hard work. The Sarah Bonnell Consortium worked with students from Carpenters Primary, Portway Primary, Ronald Openshaw Nursery, Sandringham Primary, Selwyn Primary and Sarah Bonnell School.

I loved experiencing the different types of art!

Year 6 student

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