Posted 19th July 2019
Delight in Watts
Cordwalles Junior School
Hannah Eaton, Artist
Visitors to Watts Gallery – Artists' Village this week may want to take a detour via the Old Kiln room next to the Tea Shop, where the children from Year 4 at Cordwalles Junior School in Camberley are currently exhibiting a spectacular display of paintings based on ocean life.
They have completed a 6-week Arts Award course with the charity, Delight, in partnership with Paintbox Project and Watts Gallery – Artists' Village: a journey of discovery which has given the children an intensive experience of becoming art practitioners.
The students have been learning how to look at and describe works of art and to delight in descriptive language: developing their mark-making, colour blending and observational drawing technique; and discovering how to use acrylic paint and gold leaf to produce a sustained, focused and visually beautiful work of art. The children have proudly shown their families around 'their' gallery (which they share with George and Mary Watts and other luminaries) at a private celebration of their work, and now it is open to the public.
I have been helping to run this project for three years, and it is something unique and special. We work with children, schools and families throughout Surrey and we aim to leave schools with an artistic legacy which empowers staff and children, increases wellbeing, especially of pupils who are vulnerable or who experience barriers to learning, and leaves a lingering sense of delight in art.
We hope their work delights you too.
Images: Delight in Watts (c) Alex Brenner.