Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Strange goings on at school art club

CHILDREN at Sonning Common Primary School were surprised to find caterpillar figures climbing trees as they arrived in the morning.

CHILDREN at Sonning Common Primary School were surprised to find caterpillar figures climbing trees as they arrived in the morning.

They had suddenly appeared overnight but it turned out to be part of the school’s “bomb art” project. The art club’s 15 members will be creating artwork to surprise their schoolmates over the next few months.

Headteacher Chris Hirst said it was part of the school’s theme of “ecology and the environment”.

“It looks slightly out of place but it’s there to make a statement that art is exciting and fun and not just for galleries,” he said. Grace Newbold, 10, a member of the art club, said the project was an interpretation of “yarn bombing”, a type of street art that employs colourful public displays of knitting rather than paint or chalk. She said: “We made them at art club after school and it gave everyone a bit of a surprise. It’s a bit of fun for the school.”

Elizabeth Steele, a teaching assistant who runs the art club, said: “I think it’s fabulous. They are very realistic, horrible-looking creatures.”

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