Jem Crook – the recipient of our 2019 Bursary Award at Warwickshire College.
Jem is one of only 40 entrants admitted to The Slade this year. A fellow student from Warwickshire College has also begun to study at The Slade. This is indicative of the excellent tuition and encouragement that the Foundation Students receive at the college.
A children’s art competition for all primary schools in
Leamington was organised in collaboration with Leamington Art
Gallery. The theme “Spring”, was chosen to celebrate the reopening of the Pump Room Gardens.
The children used found materials for their art work which was later exhibited at the entrance to the Art Gallery.
Prizes were awarded to the three schools which had participated
and the children received certificates.
At the beginning of December 2017, Round Oak School saw the unveiling of a colourful, new piece of art work in the school’s entrance hall. It was made by over 100 pupils working with textile artist Jacqui Smithson.
Jacqui worked with groups of children over four days, teaching them about the history of felt and how to make it using Merino wool, silks and threads. Inspired by the environment around them and by the name of the school, the felt was formed into leaves, acorns and twigs. This project was particularly appropriate for the pupils who have learning difficulties ranging from moderate to severe. They were encouraged to talk about the materials as they enjoyed the tactile experience.
We were very fortunate that we were able to obtain a grant from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund towards the project, the balance being met by our Society.
As previously mentioned, Rosie Taylor, a Year 13 ‘A’- level student (2016) from North Leamington School was a finalist in the ‘Make your Mark’ competition. This was organised by the West Midlands Area to coincide with the national AGM which was held in Birmingham in May 2017.
All the work of the finalists was of a very high standard. We were therefore very pleased that Rosie was awarded 3rd prize.