Pop goes the easel

Grove Lea primary school working with Huddersfield University on a pop up art day.
Grove Lea primary school working with Huddersfield University on a pop up art day.
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A BURST of creativity saw junk monsters and rainbow birds come to life as part of a pop-up art day at Grove Lea Primary School.

Students from the University of Huddersfield’s PGCE in Art and Design organised the Pop-Up Art School, designed to cause a creative explosion and then disappear after a day of busy activity last Tuesday.

The students worked with 120 pupils and 50 parents, creating giant outdoor paintings on tarpaulins, chalking giant Indian rangoli patterns on the playground, and making carnival masks, a memory quilt and mortar boards, which were used in a graduation ceremony at the end of the day.

The event had a recycling theme, with much of the artwork created from newspapers and unwanted items such as old wallpaper, buttons, ribbons and beads.

Junk monsters were created from boxes, bottles, cartons and packaging the children had been collecting.

Sarah Williamson, course tutor, said it was a fantastic experience for the trainee teachers who really enjoyed working with the school.

Headteacher Jennifer McNichol said: “The event strengthened our links with the University of Huddersfield and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.”