Budding artists celebrate Coventry

Pupils at a Coventry primary school became painters and then decorators as part of a project aimed at celebrating the city’s most important buildings.

The project formed part of “Coventry – This is my City”, a week-long event that introduced students at Holy Family primary school to the history of the city.

Pupils from a range of year groups were visited by local artists Lesley Whelan and Laura John who were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.

Armed with their sketch books and pencils, the children researched some of Coventry’s most significant buildings and monuments, including the Lady Godiva Statue, the Ricoh Arena and Holy Family church.

Sketching the outlines in pencil, the students then added a splash of colour to create a series of bold and expressive paintings, which were then blown up and installed in the KS2 playground for children, parents and visitors to enjoy courtesy of the Deeley Group which sponsored the project.

Design & Technology teacher, Mrs Danielle Newman, was impressed by the quality of the student’s work and heralded the project a success.

“The children were excited to find out more about some of Coventry’s most important buildings and monuments.

“Lesley and Laura encouraged the students to express themselves and the results speak for themselves – the pictures are exceptional!”

According to Mrs Newman, not only did the project give students the chance to develop their artistic skills, it demonstrated the relationship between art and design.

“It was really interesting because by sketching the buildings, the children were introduced to the concept of architecture.

“We are also very grateful to the Deeley Group for their support. Projects like this are so important for young learners.”

Mrs Newman added: “It has definitely piqued their interests in art and design as well as their city.”

Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, was delighted to be invited to the school to view some of the artwork.

“It was a real pleasure to meet the budding artists at Holy Family. The paintings were splendid – I was very impressed by the level of detail.

“The project exemplifies how business can help schools in our community. All of us at the Deeley Group were thrilled to be involved.”