Over a five week period 12 children from Lower Juniors have been fortunate enough to take part in the School Art’s Project, organised by the Rowans Hospice. This has involved the children travelling to the hospice on Friday afternoons and working with some of the patients.
The theme for this year’s Art Project was “Space”. Each week the children worked with their patient partner to construct different aspects of the final artwork; these ranged from rockets to planets, even aliens and then stars on which the participants wrote their thoughts about the project. The finished pieces were wildly varied and certainly colourful – and one thing is for sure – there was plenty of glitter being used; some weeks it was questionable whether more ended up on the artwork or the participants!!
The relationships that developed between the children and their partners were wonderful to witness, there was an easy camaraderie and laughter could be heard at all times. All pairings worked well together, sharing ideas and encouraging each other – I commend the children wholeheartedly for the gusto with which they approached the project and the easy way in which they quickly developed trusting and supportive partnerships.
The children that did not come to the hospice completed a parallel project at school, working with Miss Hamilton to create spiral galaxies in complimentary colours. They then presented these at the celebration ceremony, held at the Rowans.
The aim of the project was to teach the children about the work of the hospice and to take away some of the stigma and fear that is often associated with these places. These goals were certainly reached.
All involved in the project had a fabulous time and feel very privileged to have been included. Mrs Tanner