Budding artists create their vision of ‘Bedford Futures’ for Harpur Trust art competition

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Pupils at Castle Newnham School let their creative juices flow recently as part of the Harpur Trust’s ‘Bedford Futures’ art competition.

Ceramicist Amanda Silk is one of a group of professional artists that have run workshops and visited schools across the Borough as part of the Harpur Trust’s annual celebration of art.

Amanda held workshops for secondary and primary pupils at Castle Newnham, helping them create a piece of artwork based on the futuristic theme.

Amanda taught pupils ceramic techniques and how to create relief work in clay, making stencils from ideas sketched out then cut out and layered on clay as stencils.

The pupils also used different techniques to create mark making, impressing leaves and branches.  They were also shown how to apply glazes to their works of art, which were then submitted to the competition.

A selection of the work created by Castle Newnham pupils at Amanda Silk’s workshop

For inspiration, pupils used a selection of images of Bedford, plus they considered their life and interests/memories in the town.

Emily Robertson, head of art said: “What a fantastic way to spend a morning, learning new ceramic skills alongside our pupils.

“Castle Newnham has previously submitted entries to this competition and even had some winners in past years.”

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