Children take part in a printing workshop as six schools come together for exhibition at Manor Primary School, Uckfield.

Six schools work together to put on exhibition in Uckfield

Years four and five children from six primary schools worked together to put on an exhibition in Uckfield on Tuesday evening.

Schools involved were Bonners, Maresfield; Nutley; Buxted; St Mark’s, Hadlow Down; Mark Cross; and Manor. All are members of the St Mark’s Teaching Alliance.

Activities which led to the exhibition began with a visit to Charleston Farmhouse, home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant who moved there in 1916, which became the country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury Group.

The farmhouse was the inspiration for artwork and creative writing produced by the children working to the theme Natural Environment.

Arts adviser Judy Graham went into the schools and helped with different workshops including print making and furniture painting.

A writer also helped develop creative writing, story writing and poetry skills.

All the children came together at Manor Primary School, Uckfield, to share what they were doing and to lead their own workshops to enable other children to learn from the skills they had developed.

Charlotte Menzies, who teaches Years 4 and 5 at Bonners School and is arts co-ordinator and English co-ordinator there, liaised with other schools to organise the activities and exhibition, all thanks to funding from Artswork.

She said it was very interesting for the children to see how other people interpreted the same things they had seen. It was also nice for the teachers to share ideas and work with writers and Judy.

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