Creative Arts Week in the Primary School

Posted: Friday 12th June 2015

What an exciting week our Primary School pupils have had. Everyone had an opportunity to take part in a range of fun and interesting creative art activities and workshops as part of our “Primary Creative Arts Week”, which ran from Monday 8th through to Friday 12th June 2015. For the week, pupils took part in some really exciting and different forms of Drama, Art, Music and Dance.

The pupils worked with our drama specialists in one of our sensory rooms and our Drama Studio on a ‘Toy’ workshop. We were also lucky enough to have Trestle Theatre Company  visit Brookfields School as part of the weeks events. Trestle  delivered an inspiring and exciting workshop in physical, visual and mask theatre facilitated by a professional actor. It was great to see everyone fully engaged and focused during these sessions, and produces some great pieces of work. It was lovely to watch those pupils who usually prefer to sit back to watch became more confident and expressive by the end of the sessions, taking an active part in creating a great piece of drama. Some pupils who initially who did not want to be part of any of the drama were announcing at the top of their voices that they loved Drama! This was testament to the impact Trestle Theatre Company had!

Another great hit of the week was the company called “PAINT”. PAINT are a theatre company who are passionate about delivering productions to children and young people who can, at times, be difficult to engage. The PIANT team included:

  • Charlie, Stage Manager – who has toured extensively with theatre company Red Ladder before joining Interplay.
  • Angela, Musician – an extremely talented violinist who performs at concerts and at festivals with her amazing band Slamboree.
  • Vanessa, Performer – Choreographer and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily now based in Leeds. Her projects involve cross art-form collaboration, improvisation and site-specific performance.
  • Alison, Performer – Choreographer and Japanese Butoh dancer who uses her experiences in clinical psychology, hypnosis, group and interpersonal dynamics to practice and share tools towards rich, expressive, transformative experiences of the body and self.

Pupils loved this activity and everyone got fully involved! Their laughter and giggling could be heard throughout the performance. This activity enabled pupils to get really messy and creative with paint, which they loved! Throughout the performance, pupils were invited to use tubs of paint to express what they were feeling. Most chose to use brushes but some enjoyed getting their hands and feet covered in paint and use them to make prints. I am sure pupils were still having paint cleaned out of their ears days later!

Some pupils created a large colourful mural for their playground, to brighten up the space using large abstract patterns and shapes.

Look out for the ceramic picture frame which some pupils made. This workshop gave them an opportunity to learn and use a range of techniques and colours when glazing.

One of the days was based around dance which was led an African and Indian Dance company where pupils learnt movements and routines.

All pupils enjoyed the many and varied activities and workshops throughout the work and produced some fantastic pieces of work!

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