Children create artwork of the village
Long Wittenham School children had an exciting day working with local artist and illustrator Victoria Furze. Working together they created a huge collage inspired by Long Wittenham village. The brief for the artwork came from children on the school council who wanted it to be about Long Wittenham. Victoria provided the children with pictures taken of houses and features from around the village to inspire them. The younger children focused on mark making working on large sheets of paper on the floor to create the sky, river, clumps and other features in our village landscape. The older children made the houses with handmade paper in pinks, oranges and purples created by Victoria herself.
‘It was wonderful to see how focused all the children were. I provided the inspiration, but the outcome was very child-led’ Victoria Furze
The final composition which is 6 metres in length and now on display in the school hall. When I was taken to see it by some of the children I was struck by the riot of colour and the huge imagination that each child has brought to their work. It was lovely to see how proud the children are of it and their delight in pointing out their own unique contribution within the larger composition.
Headteacher Mrs. Fraser said ‘Long Wittenham is such a special village and the creativity demonstrated in the artwork the children produced really celebrates this. It was lovely to see the whole school working towards a shared outcome and the contribution of every child is celebrated in the final piece. It’s so important to draw on local expertise to enrich our curriculum and expose our children to inspirational learning opportunities.
If you have a talent/profession you would like to share with the school community, please do contact the school office.’