Peterborough pupils’ glorious paintwork - in pictures

Pupils from Heritage Park primary school with their art project connected to childrens' books. EMN-150127-144308009

Pupils from Heritage Park primary school with their art project connected to childrens' books. EMN-150127-144308009

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Creative pupils at Heritage Park Primary School in Peterborough have been turning their favourite books into works of art.

The youngsters at the school in Park Farm, have been using their favourite tales as the inspiration for some very colourful artwork.

They have all helped produce eight large batiks during which the children drew with wax and painted with dyes.

Gemma Treliving, the school’s art subject leader, said: “As a school we have had the Artsmark Gold Award for the arts since 2009.

“We like to ensure that the children are given lots of opportunities to work with many different artists and art organisations and organise regular art residencies where the children get to work with different experts.

“This year we wanted to do an art project that would help to promote reading in the school.

“We contacted Eekbatik, of Worcester, which specialise in art workshops in school, and each class chose their favourite story.

“Reception chose The Rainbow Fish, Year 1 Handa’s Surprise, Year 2 Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, Year 3 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Year 4 The Boy who Cried Wolf, Year 5 Charlotte’s Web, Year 6 Narnia.”

The children drew illustrations to be used to make the final batik and Sarah and Marie-Therese of Eekbatik came to the school for four days producing eight giant batiks.

“We are going to hang some of the batiks in our school library where all the children will see them. It was lovely to see the batiks evolve and the children were amazed with the final results.”