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Study: Chester Park Junior School
– June/July 2006
Barbara and Azmeena.
The History Co-ordinator at Chester Park Junior
School was enthusiastic about becoming involved in a Brunel 200 residency
with an art and design focus. The resulting project was led by Barbara
Ash, sculptor and creative practitioner who was based at the school
over a period of six weeks. Inspired by a nineteenth century painting
by Samuel Colman, ‘The
ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the Suspension Bridge’ children
across the school constructed their own flotilla of ships out of polystyrene
and mod roc plaster. They populated the ships with models of passengers
and worked as teams to decorate and complete the work.
Tony and Stuart Elson.
This was a challenging
residency considering the school had very little practical working space.
It was a significant achievement to deliver this project as the school
had never before worked on a project of this size with a creative practitioner.
“Working with a professional and being
guided and taught skills was a huge benefit. Cross-curricular and creative
themes were a feature and co-operation skills were also developed.
The school, through its individuals, created an artwork for all.”