Teachers from West Cornwall schools are working with Newlyn Art Gallery on a new two-year project to bring major artworks to their school over the next 18 months (Photo: Newlyn Art Gallery)
Schools in West Cornwall will host major artworks as part of a two-year project to encourage children’s creativity.
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange have received nearly £150,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund to deliver the Think, Talk, Make Art project for two years.
The gallery is working with nine primary schools, led by Newlyn School, in the countryside of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to create an in-school gallery at each location. The artworks are borrowed from the Art Council Collection and Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection, to be displayed at each school for an 18-month period.
Catherine Sutton, Head of Education Program at the Paul Hamlin Foundation, said: “This program seeks to build teachers’ skills and confidence in delivering a rich curriculum in the visual arts, and explores how making and interpreting art supports students’ creativity, rhetoric and critical thinking.”
In addition to providing each school with its own exhibition, the award will also fund a program of direct and continuous digital professional development and learning for educators and senior staff led by artist educators.
Educators’ learning will focus on hands-on sessions, exploring drawing, printing, and 3D building, along with thinking and talking about art, enabling them to harness the full potential of art across their curriculum.
Schools involved in the project are Ludgvan, Nancledra, Newlyn, Pensans, St Hilary on West Cornwall, St Agnes, St Martins, St Marys, Tresco on the Isles of Scilly, of Truro, Penwith Academy Trust, and Leading Edge Academies Partnership.
Jenny Blunden, CEO of the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust that operates most of the schools involved, said: “We are really excited to begin this new initiative to develop high-quality arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in elementary classrooms, along with our partners at Newlyn Art Gallery. “.
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