Children visit UWIC for expert art tips 

CHILDREN from Trelai Primary School in Caerau were given expert guidance on how to make clay figures when they visited the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) recently.

Kelly Campbell, from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Education, helped the pupils create masks and models using basic ceramic techniques and the children will have their work exhibited at the Caerau Fun Night and Ely Festival in July.

The visit was part of a two-day programme organised by the First Campus team at UWIC and Communities First Ely/Caerau. The ‘Modern Terracotta Army’ project has introduced pupils from two local primary schools to the basic skills of working with clay whilst exploring its traditional uses in other cultures throughout history.

Chris Webb, First Campus Officer at UWIC, said: This project provided a fantastic opportunity for First Campus to work in collaboration with Communities First and continue to build our relationships with local partner organisations.

“The three stage approach to this project has created a fantastic developmental environment for pupils to learn and develop new skills within a university setting. The third and final stage will give the pupils the opportunity to share their work with family and friends by exhibiting at forthcoming community events.”

The aim of First Campus is to engage further with schools to raise the awareness of progression routes into Higher Education for pupils. In particular highlighting that learning is fun and to plant the idea that university is an option for all. Making university facilities available to young people raises their educational aspirations and achievements and hopefully encourages them to progress to higher levels of learning.

Communities First is a Welsh Assembly initiative that is run in some of Wales most deprived areas. It aims to work with the community to make the place they live a better place. Communities First Ely/Caerau are actively working towards eliminating deprivation issues within these areas with a population of over 25,000. Their over-arching goal is to build strong and sustainable communities by improving health and well-being, promoting education and training, creating jobs, making neighbourhoods safer and crime free, improving housing and the quality of the environment and encouraging active citizenship.

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