TO: News Desk
FROM: Eventy – Marketing & PR / Mike Truscott
DATE: 9th February 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE USE
CHILDREN SAY IT WITH ART FOR OPEN MORNING
Children at Polwhele House, Truro, have created an artistic welcome for visitors to their school’s open morning on Saturday, February 25 (9.30 am to 12.30 pm).
Catching the eye as prospective parents park their cars in the school playground will be a giant mural depicting various aspects of Polwhele life in colourful and imaginative fashion.
The novel representation, measuring 40ft x 3ft, took three months to create. It is the product of an ad hoc after-school mural club involving a dozen seven- to 13- year-olds, who began by laying out a large sheet of paper on joined-up desks and indulging in a brainstorming session.
They sketched out their ideas and the overall design onto the paper and then used acrylic paint to apply their creation to ply board, adding varnish to make it weatherproof before fixing to a fence bordering the playground.
Under the guidance of Claire Richmond, Head of Art and DT, the mural’s prominent features include musical notes, butterflies and wild birds reflecting Polwhele’s beautiful countryside location, and images depicting the school’s outstanding achievements.
“The children are to be congratulated on creating a mural which, together with other work inside the school, serves the dual purpose of decoration and symbolism,” said Headmaster Mr Alex McCullough.
“It has been an invaluable experience for them in first working together to identify what makes Polwhele House so important and special to them, and then showcasing those findings through artistic creativity.”
Inside the school’s main building, pupils have also been hard at work adding colour to one of the two dining rooms in the form of a collection of pastel Tudor portraits that now adorn the walls.
“They have been studying the Tudors in their history lessons and the outcome has been one of multiple benefits, with artistic activity creating a whole new ambience in the dining rooms,” said Mr McCullough.
A number of paintings are soon to appear in the other dining room to reflect the school’s healthy approach to eating.
CONTACT: Helen Mulhern on 01326 376273 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex McCullough, tel 01872 273011
PHOTOS: Children at Polwhele House, Truro, beside a giant mural that will welcome visitors to the school’s open morning on Saturday, February 25. Pictured, front to back: William Turner, Cameron Young, Tallula Lee, Thalia Farrelly and Kate Riley.
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