Year 12 Gold Arts Award students from Liskeard School and Community College spent a morning at Golitha Falls with artist Kurt Jackson creating unconventional art using the natural elements and materials. The torrential rain almost destroyed their paper but was not seen as a problem by students and staff who found the conditions enhanced the work. Students reported the rain as “making itself known on the paper” and “helping to provide different ways of looking at the landscape as it danced all over the paper”. Students worked sitting on plastic bags under umbrellas, painting with leaf stems!

Returning to the studios at Liskeard, students and staff were treated to a talk by Kurt. This illustrated the diverse nature of Kurt's abilities and his broad range of cultural interests. His passion for recording nature has inspired a number of students to develop more sensitive and closer bonds with the natural world around them. Kurt's statement that we should all “value our local special places or lose them” certainly rang true for many students and all those who live in South East Cornwall. They discussed the danger of South East Cornwall becoming ignored, particularly as the artistic focus remains firmly in West Cornwall.

Following the day at Liskeard upper school Kurt visited Hillfort Junior School in Liskeard where he saw paintings that Year 5 and 6 students had created in school workshops.

Gold Art Award students will be exhibiting their work alongside the junior school at a special exhibition in 2014. Kurt's visit springboards a month of artists’ visits to the area, funded by RIO, that   will introduce Seamas Carey, O-Region and Reece Ingram to Liskeard and provide students and staff with rich cultural experiences.

Written by Gabby Schooling with help from Gold Arts Award students, Liskeard.


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