Wednesday July 6th 2011 – Goosewell Primary School
This year’s Plymstock Art of the Community event moved to the spacious field at Goosewell Primary School. It involved participating classes from hosts Goosewell, as well as Plymstock School, Downham School, and Dunstone, Pomphlett, Hooe, Elburton and Oreston Primary Schools.
This was another beautiful sun-drenched event (with the rain starting just as we finished packing away!) Workshop activities on offer included wood sculpture with artist Nick Ridley (who fittingly sat on a huge tree trunk), clay face making (on trees) led by Olly Hurd-Thomas from Plymstock School, Samba drumming, Boccia, a face painting workshop with expert Karen Mills, street dance with Ali Selway and a National Trust-led bug hunt/nature trail. Mosaic artist Jane Stevens ran two mosaic workshops under the shade of Goosewell’s mini marquee, with the colourful results destined for the walls of St Luke’s Hospice.
One of the largest of the 2011 Art of the Community events, with 220 children involved, Plymstock even got international visitors: teachers from China who happened to be touring Goosewell Primary on the 6th. Once again working together in carefully organised mixed groups, the children were fully able to enjoy the outdoor environment, getting lots of exercise from activities and changeovers and (in the case of the children involved) lots of amusement from creating clay faces inspired by their friends and teachers.
Midway, parents joined the children for dance and music performances from the schools, including one by the first Samba workshop group – after just 45 minutes of tuition!
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