A year in the life of the youth

There have been exciting and ambitious sculpture workshops going on in the Newton Abbot College Art department since last December with artist James Lake.  The workshops are part of a Community Arts project called ‘365 – A Year in the Life of the Youth of Newton Abbot’, generously funded by the Helen Foundation. Ten local primary schools have been involved; Haytor View, Kingskerswell, Decoy, Canada Hill, Highweek, Bradley Barton, and Bearnes as well as the two secondary schools: Coombeshead Academy and Newton Abbot College.  Students from each school attended 2 days of workshops over the past four months and have created some fantastic figurative sculptures. The purpose of these workshops was to learn about the work of James Lake, his inspiration and the 3D sculpture techniques that he uses in his work.  The students were taught how to design, cut and glue cardboard and, working together as a team, each school created a large figurative sculpture. These workshops were also attended by Year 8 Newton Abbot College students who assisted James Lake and helped the primary school pupils master the materials and techniques.  Involvement in this project enabled these students to complete a section of their Silver Arts Award. [caption id="attachment_6450" align="aligncenter" width="439"]L-R Rachel Matson, Millie Biggins, Jake Herrera, Beth England, Beth Squires, James Lake (artist), Molly Ubsdell, Chloe Hole, Elliot Underhill. L-R Rachel Matson, Millie Biggins, Jake Herrera, Beth England, Beth Squires, James Lake (artist), Molly Ubsdell, Chloe Hole, Elliot Underhill.[/caption] Tom Partridge from Newton Abbot College said “I have enjoyed working with the primary pupils and having some responsibility.  It has been brilliant working with James Lake and gaining an understanding of his techniques.” Angus McCaffery from Canada Hill Primary School said “This workshop has really stretched my imagination - with no limits!” whilst Natalia Bartholomew from Kingskerswell Primary School said “I have really enjoyed meeting new people and working with James Lake and the students from Newton Abbot College.” Julia Payne, Teacher of Art at Newton Abbot College, was responsible for setting up these workshops and collaborating with the local primary school teachers and James Lake to plan the project and ensure they included skills that would enhance the primary curriculum and the pupils’ experience.  She went on to say that “James is such an inspiration and has enabled everyone involved in these workshops to learn his unique sculpting techniques and create a very ambitious piece of art.  There has been some fantastic team work, leadership and creative risk-taking with superb results.  I am really proud of all the students’ hard work and enthusiasm.” All ten sculptures will be on display for the public to see at the 365 Festival at Seale Hayne on Saturday 12 July.

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