STUDENTS FROM THREE SCHOOLS CREATE NEW ARTWORK

STUDENTS FROM THREE SCHOOLS CREATE NEW ARTWORK

Students from three schools in Weymouth worked together with Dorchester artist Pete Sheridan to create a 50 feet long and eight foot high artwork on their campus in Upwey.

The work was part of the Wey Valley School Aspect Co-operative day with students from The Wey Valley School, Wyvern Academy and St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School working together.

The students created the large scale spray paint artwork as a new focal point for the schools which share a campus. The art department of Wey Valley School also oversaw the re-landscaping of a central courtyard that is to be used for outdoor learning.

Artist Pete Sheridan, who has a studio in Dorchester, said: “It’s been a very different way of working and the whole piece has evolved as we’ve progressed. The work has been excitingly experimental and each set of students has steered the direction of the artwork towards the brilliant large scale outcome.

“The students should be extremely proud of their ability to work as a team. They’ve demonstrated real independence, making quick and successful creative decisions. This has been my second major project here and it has been a pleasure, once again, to work with students from the Aspect Trust”.

Other students working in traditional media recorded the shapes and colours of plants on the campus as part of the project, which involved students aged from 10 through to 18.

Year 11 GCSE student at Wey Valley, Jess Jerrard said: “It was great to receive guidance, but we chose the colours and where we would artwork these. It was good to be independent. The artwork looks great in the central position everyone gets to see it.”

Dan Emery, Head of Art, said: “The students have created a fabulous piece of artwork which has been created to celebrate the students’ participation and cooperative values within the Aspect Trust. Everyone should be very proud of their artistic contribution.”

Visitors will be able to view the artwork at the Wey Valley School open evening on Monday September 29 from 6pm until 8.30pm.