Pupils’ clay creations

Sculpture workshop run byu the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at North Featherstone J+I School.'Grace O'Hara

Sculpture workshop run byu the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at North Featherstone J+I School.'Grace O'Hara

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YOUNGSTERS took art into their own hands last week when they created sculptures from household materials.

Foundation stage pupils at North Featherstone J&I School sculpted works of art from tyres, hosepipes and potato peelings under the watchful eye of a local artist.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park led the workshop for four and five-year-olds who carved out models from the debris including Jack and the Beanstalk, the Hungry Caterpillar and even a space rocket.

Alison Clayton, foundation teacher, said: “They absolutely loved it, they said it was the best day ever and could they do it all again tomorrow. The skills they got from working together in groups was fantastic.”

During the morning session children learned about sculpture before getting their hands dirty with clay and creating their own moulds with plaster of Paris.

In the afternoon they worked together in groups to build 3D outdoor models.

Claire Evans, a freelance artist who led the workshop on behalf of the sculpture park, said: “It was an introduction to sculpture – it was a chance for them to use materials and learn about texture and what metal or wood or plastic feels like. They seemed to love it, they were good as gold all day and there were lots of happy smiles.”