Students Inspired by Olympics *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Feb, 2012 09:34 AM

Celebrations for this year’s Olympic Games include public art exhibited by Year 7 and Year 8 students from All Saints Church of England School, Weymouth as part of the ‘Giant Wall project’. Weymouth and Portland will host the 2012 Olympic Sailing Events.

Students Inspired by Olympics *Updated

Student art designs in progress

Textile portraits created during sessions with artists from Artwey will form part of two giant wall-hangings in Weymouth and on Portland, celebrating Olympic competitors and local heroes.

The portraits were completed on calico using techniques such as painting, batik, appliqué, pens, hand and machine sewing. The initial idea came from Carol Cruickshank, a textile artist and member of Artwey. The Giant Wall project received an Inspire Mark in October, thus making it an official part of the cultural Olympiad.

Some of the comments received from All Saints pupils included:
"It was really awesome and fab" - Lauren
"It was really brilliant, great and incredible" - Adam
“It was awesome: really good how they did the batik, and good to be with your friends" - Craig

In-class Support Supervisor Cheryl Harmer said, “All in all, it’s been a truly inspirational experience for All Saints pupils and our community. After the workshop, one tutor even remarked how animated two normally quiet boys of her tutor group were. We’re so excited about the Games!”

The project finishes on Sunday 9 September 2012, at the end of the Paralympics.  The All Saints portraits will be displayed at a well-publicised event on The Giant Walls approximately two months later. Two commemorative books will also be produced.

In the meantime, people can buy starter kits from local galleries and complete their portraits independently, or join a free workshop run by members of Artwey until July 2012.

Follow-up story in the Dorset Echo about St John's Primary, Weymouth

Sample picture gallery 
All Saints CE School, Weymouth 

Artwey is running workshops for the general public. They aim to create about 400 portraits by reaching as many different groups, ages, abilities and skill levels so that the Giants on the Wall are a true representation of the whole community.

Further information contact
Cheryl Harmer, In-class Support Supervisor:
01305 830656,

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