Pupils and staff from Cumberland School’s Bridge Campus recently celebrated World Art Day. Here, Laurence Harwood, Teacher catches us up on what happened.
World Art Day is an international celebration of the arts. The day is held on April 15th, a date chosen in honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. As a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance and togetherness.
Here at the Bridge Campus, we explored the meaning of togetherness and through pupil discussion, we developed an art project using the theme ‘Connections’.
We explored the importance of being a team and wanted to explore how connected we really are. As we thought and talked about it we soon discovered many interesting and unusual facts about each other and lots of things that brought us together.
To make these ‘connections’ visible we used wool to show the relationship between each other. Very quickly a web of colourful connections was made revealing a complex network of things that bring us together.
Throughout the day classes were invited to our outside gym area where we focused on creating a piece of art that highlights the importance of our personal wellbeing. We have four pieces of gym equipment and each one represented different areas that can make up our sense of wellbeing, Physical Health, Mental Health, Social Wellbeing and Spiritual Wellbeing. Pupils were encouraged to discuss each area and highlight how they are relevant in their own lives. We used the woolen string to make the connections between the pieces of equipment and result was a fantastic art installation.
Other activities included creating large boards that celebrates our school values: Respect, Integrity, Tolerance, Community and Learning. Pupils hammered in nails to outline each letter and then used coloured thread to connect each nail revealing the 3D words.
World Arts Day was a huge success thanks to all the pupils for their fantastic participation and showing us their excellent creativity.