Creative and adventurous art techniques

Evie Wright pictured with one of the sculptures.
Evie Wright pictured with one of the sculptures.

As part of this year’s Coastival festival, students are currently working on a large scale sculpture project, ‘The Song of Leviathan’. The project is the brain child of Animated Objects Theatre Company. Founders Lee and Dawn Threadgold have been working with students.

The professional artists introduced students to the skills of large-scale puppetry using a combination of natural and man-made materials, in workshop sessions. The willow insect creations will support curriculum work for our Year 11 students who have been developing ideas for insects as part of their coursework.

Student, Evie Wright, said: “It was really helpful having professional artists come into the classroom and teach us new techniques.”

Agreeing with Evie’s comment, student, Layla Heelas, added: “It has made me become more creative and produce more adventurous artwork.”

Director, Lee Threadgold, said: “The pieces will be displayed as part of ‘The Song of Leviathan’ community production at Coastival on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February. It is a large-scale piece of theatre featuring spectacular visuals, and based on our previous work in the area, will attract considerable media attention, therefore providing the opportunity for celebrating the students’ achievements in front of a wider audience.”