Crompton Primary do their Arts Award in a day!

A LONG and fruitful, or should that be artful, relationship between Gallery Oldham and Crompton Primary School culminated in an Arts Award in a Day venture at the gallery today when Year 4 descended upon the venue en masse to complete an Arts Award Discover award, a first for the Artsmark certified school.

Pupils worked with artist educator Isobel Pickup, who guided them through the industrial history of Oldham through the work of Salford artist L.S. Lowry, Oldham artist Helen Bradley and the Oldham Panorama series of photographs of the town at the height of the cotton industry.Childrens pop up

Children were given the opportunity to work with mixed media to produce industrial landscapes, punctuated with L.S. Lowry style matchstick men and dogs. An introduction to perspective enabled them to recreate realistic rows of terraced houses.

Inspired by works from the gallery’s own collection and a sample of Isobel Pickup’s artwork, Year 4 created their own pop up townscapes.

Arts Award is a fantastic way for schools to enhance their cultural offer and empowers children to investigate the scope of the creative industries, one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy.

We have chosen Gallery Oldham blog as a way to share our Arts Award experience, a key element of the Arts Award journey which begins with identification of art forms, exploration and the production of creative work.

I trained as an Arts Award Adviser at Gallery Oldham and with the gallery’s Arts Award Offer I am working in collaboration with them to educate more pupils at Crompton to enable them to achieve their Arts Award Explore qualification.

Wendy Bal, Arts Award Adviser, Crompton Primary School