Recently, 30 year 8 students participated in the Rivers of the World Project inspired by the Exe River.
In preparation for the workshop students need to participate in some beachcombing to collect natural items that are washed up along the shoreline at Dawlish Warren or along the banks of the River Exe. This included wild flowers and plants which they had to press ready to bring in or they could take photographs of natural items that caught their eye.
Students then worked in wire, painted on slate, mono-printed, cut, collaged and gel press-printed, and were excited to be working in such new and different media. We were pleased when the artists commented on the students’ work and attitude, saying how the students were amazing – keen to learn, be creative and try things out.
These original art works will be scanned into Photoshop and arranged into a digital board by the artists. The work will be exhibited in London in September and at the Pheonix Gallery in Exeter as part of the Thames Art Festival. We are keen to embark on the second phase of the project, when we will be partnered with a school in Malawi
The project has been co-ordinated by DAISI and funded by Thames Arts Festival. More information can be found at https://thamesfestivaltrust.org/our-work/education-programme/rivers-of-the-world