Visiting artists wow enthusiastic Newbury Park schoolchildren

Artists Angus Castle, Ruchelle De - Terville and Oli John with students Harmish Kishokuman, eight, M

Artists Angus Castle, Ruchelle De - Terville and Oli John with students Harmish Kishokuman, eight, Maariya Rahman, nine, Ebony Kerr-Odulu, nine, Fatima Faisal, nine, Tayara Silvestre, eight, Ibranhim Rahaman, nine and Karish Thevishath, nine who are in year four at William Torbitt Primary School, who are hosting a Arts Week. Year four theme is Art in Adventure - Credit: Archant

Newbury Park schoolchildren have just completed an art week and created their own pieces, with the help of a variety of professional artists.

William Torbitt Primary School, in Eastern Avenue, dedicated the whole week to learning art, after spending previous years studying science and engineering.

Assistant headteacher Nicky West told the Recorder: “We believe it’s good for our education to learn creative things, not just maths and english.

“We had a range of artists coming in, with a group spending the week with every single year group, who each had their own theme.”

Year 1 built an enormous Chinese dragon with their theme of Chinese New Year.

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“They really had the opportunity to do something big and different,” said Mrs West.

Another visiting artist covered the floor in paper and all of the children got to doodle everywhere.

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The assistant head said she thought all the pupils really engaged with the professionals and the event enthused them about art.

“It was a fantastic week,” Mrs West added, “although we are all exhausted after such a busy few days.”

Mrs West thanked teachers Anjali Sanderson and Emily Houghton for organising the event.

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