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Visiting Schools - Mere Green and Curdworth Primary Schools 
A fantastic residential involving the very best in Drama, Music, Dance and Visual Arts. Mere Green and Curdworth Primary schools collaborated to create some unique and memorable pieces of work based on the Gunpowder Plot and Time Travel. The work clearly demonstrated how young people could tune into contemporary issues and news whilst find exciting and new creative ways to express their thoughts and feelings through a variety of art forms. The children should be justifiably proud of their achievements; as one of the tutor’s comments “we were absolutely blown away by the quality of their work and the great array of individualism that the children expressed throughout their stay”. 
In Visual Art, the children collected sticks from around the grounds to create model bonfires in the shape of charcoal-burning spirals, which they then added tissue paper too create a flame effect, and some really effective pastel and paint pictures of the Houses of Parliament, with the Gunpowder Plotters silhouetted against the building. 
In Music, the children recorded as a choir with the track being named “Remember, Remember”. In both Drama and Dance, the groups told the story of Bonfire Night using their own unique twist, using lighting, conveying emotions and using their voices and bodies to tell a story. 
On November 5th we arranged a bonfire and sing along for the children and staff. Both schools are incredibly musical with the visiting members of staff also having considerable talents. After a good sing along the children were back in classes all week before letting their hair down on Thursday night with a disco and arcade night. The final sharing of work took place on Friday morning that gave the students a chance to share their work with each other and ultimately concluding their stay with us. 
This was an inaugural visit for both schools, so we were thrilled that they had a super week with us, here at Ingestre Arts. One of the visiting staff noted, “I bet there isn’t ever a dull week here, the themes and inspirations have really fit well with the needs of the school and is very relevant to our curriculum”; we concur, every week is different at Ingestre. 
Tagged as: Bonfire, Split week
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