Every child in school and nursery worked on our ‘Shelton Sculpts’ project to explore the work of contemporary sculptors and to produce work in the style of these artists. This was designed to build upon our successful ‘Shelton Paints’ project last year.
Supported by Tan Draig, creative practitioner, the children made giant biscuits in the style of Claes Oldenburg and stacks of objects in the style of Tony Cragg. The children worked very hard to produce distinctive artwork in the style of Rachel Whiteread, Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor, Eduardo Paolozzi and Alexander Calder. There was a strong emphasis upon teamwork and collaboration as the children created their sculptures from card, paper, straws and clay. Some children even made casts from concrete!
The work culminated with the creation of a sculpture gallery in the school hall and each class visited the gallery during the final day of the project to see the work produced by all the children. At the end of the day, the gallery was full with parents also viewing the wonderful sculptures.
Many families took up the challenge of decorating and transforming a pair of old shoes or boots and these were used to create an installation in the gallery entitled ‘The Path of Souls’! Many of the shoes were brightly decorated with glitter, paint, Lego and sequins whilst others had been transformed into gardens, pencil cases, animals and vehicles! Every child who participated was rewarded with a special personalised certificate.