Our Art Department hosted a unique art experience for 150 local primary and secondary school students last week. The workshops were part of a Community Arts project called ‘365 – A Year In The Life of The Youth of Newton Abbot’ which has been generously funded by the Helen Foundation. Ten local primary and secondary schools were involved; Haytor View, Kingskerswell, Decoy, Canada Hill, Highweek, Bradley Barton, Bearnes, Coombeshead and Newton Abbot College. Students from each school attended a 3 hour session with professional printmakers Suzanne Ross, Fiona Lovell, Amanda Sabin and Simon Ripley from the Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter and animator Joshua Gaunt. The students produced a series of monoprints and collographs on the themes of ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘My Favourite Places’ which were then photographed and used to create over 50 short, imaginative animations. Lucy Leishman, Year 7 at Newton Abbot College, said “I really enjoyed the workshop and the prints are so colourful! It was great to work with the artists and learn printmaking and animation techniques and it was so much fun!” [caption id="attachment_6518" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Miah Butterfield and Matt Baker creating their prints[/caption] Suzanne Ross, Fiona Lovell and Joshua Gaunt, from the Double Elephant Print Workshop said “It has been good to see the students working collaboratively and we have seen some really imaginative work.” [caption id="attachment_6519" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Students' prints[/caption] All of the students worked with such enthusiasm and produced some really beautiful prints, showing some impressive creative ideas and the ability to learn a range of techniques in such a short time. You can see the animations on the big screen at the 365 Festival at Seale Hayne on Saturday 12 July.