Pupils’ attack of African artistic inspiration 

SCHOOL pupils from around South Wales created a picture perfect exhibition with the help of students from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Twenty schools from around Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan were involved in this year’s annual Artists in Residence exhibition, a collaborative project between the pupils and UWIC PGCE Art and Design student teachers.

The colourful and creative work produced by primary school pupils on the theme of African culture has been brightening the walls of UWIC’s Cyncoed campus where the youngsters involved have been invited to view their handy work.

Pupils from Heronsbridge Special School in Bridgend were thrilled to see their paintings and sculptures on display during a visit to UWIC. Teacher Karen Howell, who took part in the project last year as a student teacher with UWIC, said: “This entire project is such a nice experience for the pupils. The school has been taking part for years and it works really well for both the pupils, and the students who come to work with us for about a month. It is lovely for the children to come and see their work on display.”

John Collins, programme director of the PGCE Art and Design at UWIC, said: “This is the twentieth Artists in Residence exhibition to be held here at the Cardiff School of Education. Once again, the collaboration of PGCE Secondary Art and Design students with school pupils has resulted in a range of exciting and engaging artwork of which all parties involved are justly proud.
        
“The range of art, craft and design experiences and backgrounds of our students is evident in the breadth of ideas and the variety of materials and processes that they have creatively explored with their pupils.
      
“The Artists in Residence project is a memorable experience for all involved. The enthusiasm and enjoyment displayed by the pupils is implicit in the quality of the work produced and for many of our PGCE students, it is their first encounter with the creative energy generated through a teaching and learning experience.”

Primary schools taking part in the project this year included All Saints - Barry, All Saints – Llanedeyrn,  Barry Island, Coed Glas, Eglwys Newydd, Eglwys Wen, Heronsbridge Special School, Jenner Park, Mount Stuart, Murch, Oakfield, Pentyrch, Peter Lea, Riverbank Special School, Romilly, St Mary’s, St Phillip Evans, Tongwynlais, Willowbrook and Ysgol Pencae.

The PGCE Art & Design Course acknowledges most gratefully the close interest and support of IKEA, Cardiff County Council and not least the participating schools staff and pupils.      

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
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