Hilden Grange School

Wild Art

Creative Arts WeekPupils from Years 3 4, and 5 went wild for art during a Creative Arts Week packed with inspirational activities.   The transformation of the steps to the Dining Hall from drab concrete to a dazzling colourful array of wildlife sculptures and paintings was the result of workshops with local artist Lisa Casson who specializes in capturing imaginative depictions of animals.  Wire animal sculptures, produced in workshops with William Ashley-Norman,  dangle in the air above the steps.  Pupil also enjoyed trips to Wildwood Discovery Park at Herne Bay where they were able to see bears and wolves in their natural habitats, gather inspiration and take part in outdoor crafts.

Drama was also a strong focus of the week. Year 3 were put through their paces by professional actor Colette Redgrave to produce a ‘Play in a Day’ version of Toad of Toad Hall and West End for Schools returned to run some very lively workshops. On national Make Music Day, the National Youth Choir bought their usual blend of enthusiasm and expertise to get everyone singing in perfect harmony.  A trip to the EM Forster to see Jay Foreman perform his special blend of musical comedy, was enjoyed by everyone,  not least his ‘Disgusting Songs For Revolting Children’! Jay has performed four critically acclaimed sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Overall it was a fantastic week that inspired some wonderful art, music and drama.