Artist Theresa Easton worked with Greenfield Arts and local young people to explore storytelling, artists books and printmaking, as part of her larger project "Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places" which has been funded by the Arts Council as part of Festival of the North East.
At Greenfield young people were invited to join after school sessions on printmaking, and bookmaking, led by Theresa with author Eileen Wharton.
The young people's work was shown in an exhibition at The Baltic in Gateshead in May & June, and will tour to Greenfild Arts in July.
Art at Chilton
A group of students studying visual arts at Greenfield Community College have been working with Year 2 students from Chilton Primary School to design and make artworks for Chilton's new outdoor space. The project is providing the Greenfield students with the opportunity to share their skills with the younger students, and work with them to develop new and exciting ideas.
So far the students have used story telling techniques, print making and collage to think up new ideas for the outdoor artworks, which will be produced and put on display in the near future.
This project has been co-ordinated by Greenfield Arts with Greenfield Community College and Chilton Primary School.
Residency at Durham Light Infantry Museum
Visual Arts at Greenfield Community College and Greenfield Arts this week provided a group of Year 10 students with the fantastic opportunity to experience a residency at Durham Art Gallery and Durham Light Infantry Museum.
The group spent 2 days in the DLI with artist Paul Merrick and staff from the school and Arts Centre, including a visit to see the Lindisfarne Gospels. The group looked critically at the gospels, and the current work on show in the Art Gallery by Sigune Hamman, which explores journeys.
The students have created their own responses to what they have seen and experienced during the residency: mixed media work inspired by landscapes and journeys which will form part of their GCSE portfolio. The group thoroughly enjoyed the experience and their behaviour and attitude to the residency was a credit to the school. Thank you to the staff from the school, Arts Centre and the DLI for organising this fantastic opportunity for the students.
Pathways Art Project
During Summer 2013 the Newton Aycliffe branch of Care and Support Pathways, who are now located in the Leisure Centre in Newton Aycliffe, commissioned Greenfield Arts and students at Greenfield Community College to create some artworks for their new venue.
We saw this as an ideal opportunity to involve the children who had enrolled for the Summer School as part of the Transition programme which supports children in their move from Primary to Secondary School. The project offered enrichment to an exciting programme of events the children were due to participate in. Year 7 students worked with adults and staff from Care and Support Pathways to start the creative project, creating prints using a variety of techniques during an afternoon led by Greenfield Arts staff.
In September the same group of students continued working on the artworks, supported by Greenfield Arts staff. The collection of 22 canvases, showcasing the prints created during the summer in geometric shapes, were delivered to the Newton Aycliffe branch of Care and Support Pathways by the students involved on Monday 4th November 2013. Greenfield are pleased to have been able to support their local community in this creative way, using the skills and expertise of the staff and providing new students at Greenfield with added confidence and the knowledge that they have helped other members of the local community.
Care and Support Pathways is the new name for the Durham County Council service who provide day services for adults with learning disabilities, cognitive impairments and physical disabilities, and people living in County Durham who require sensory support and have been assessed as requiring a day service. The students were given a guided tour of the facilities on offer in Newton Aycliffe and were very impressed with the Sensory Room and the way in which they were made to feel welcome both by the staff and clients. They felt very proud to be part of a project that offers a very important focus to the life of an important group of people on the Town. Melanie Stubbs Assistant Head Teacher at Greenfield who has responsibility for Transition across the whole school said “Students at Greenfield have so much to offer to the Community and participating in a project like this allows them to see that care and respect for everyone are values that prepare them for the diverse society in which they live”.