Schoolchildren take part in Olympic art week

Mayor Ann Barlow and artists
Mayor Ann Barlow and artists

CHILDREN at Palatine School got their hands messy in the spirit of the Olympic games with an art week.

Each class at the school based in Palatine Road, Worthing, was given the task of creating a piece of artwork themed around their allotted competing country.

Pupils were also given the extra challenge of only using recyclable materials in creating their masterpieces, and throughout the week learned about the culture of their given country.

At the end of the week, the class with the best piece of artwork was selected as a winner, however, every pupil was awarded a certificate for their efforts, presented by the mayor of Worthing, Ann Barlow.

The winning class was the Owl class, who created a dragon collage to represent China.

Katie Heywood, art co-ordinator for the school, said: “The children were so enthusiastic about the week, they all really got into it. They were very imaginative with the use of the recyclable materials, using bottle tops, cutting up bits of tin can and using different paper.

“It shows how art is one of those things which can be enjoyed by people with both abilities and disabilities. The work the children came up with was really fantastic, and they were so excited about meeting the mayor, so it was a great success all round.”