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Todmorden’s Paper People

For the last 15 years we’ve enjoyed providing the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school in Todmorden an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term, supported by Todmorden Town Council.  We were grateful for their support again this year for Paper People – Creating a Wallpaper Portrait Gallery.

Pupils worked with artist Cath Ford, assisted by Leeds University art student Faye Wetherall, to create large, mixed media portraits, using simple basic materials. The pupils worked in groups to create portraits pertinent to books or topics they are currently studying.

Among others we had characters from The Secret Garden; Around the World in 80 Days; Rose Blanche; Viking Boy, and some very glamorous Greek gods and goddesses for an Ancient Greece topic.

Working with Cath and Faye the children used collage, paint and their imagination to bring the characters to life!

The workshops allowed the children to explore historic and contemporary portraiture, by looking at how artists provide visual clues to depict the lives, achievements and stories of subjects in portraits. They then used this learning to devise portraits of their chosen subjects (chosen in advance in collaboration with the class teacher). This helped the pupils to explore the subjects in more depth and consider how to communicate their characteristics in an art work. Finally they had a lot of fun experimenting with different painting, collage and mark-making techniques as they worked collaboratively on these large scale pieces.

The children may not have realised it as they enjoyed the opportunity for self-expression and creativity, but they were engaged in visual thinking, practice of observational skills, analysis and problem solving, along with team working and practicing their communication skills.

We’ve had lots of great feedback from the teachers and the pupils, this one from a student is our favourite.

“I have learnt about being inspired.”

Thank you to the schools and the 200 pupils and staff that took part, and a huge thank you to Todmorden Town Council for supporting the workshops once again this year.

  • Todmorden C Of E Junior, Infant & Nursery School
  • Walsden St. Peter’s CE (VC) Primary School
  • Ferney Lee Primary School
  • St Joseph’s RC Primary School
  • Cornholme Junior, Infant And Nursery School
  • Shade Primary School
  • Castle Hill Primary School

There are lots more photographs featuring the work from all the above schools in our Flickr album.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Ferney Lee Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop has resulted in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which celebrate Todmorden and promote it to people living in, and outside of, the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  Our final workshop this year was at Ferney Lee Primary School.  Last, but most definitely not least, here are the posters from the pupils at Ferney Lee.  As well as advertising places to go, the pupils also wanted to share something about the spirit of the town, and issues that matter to them.

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Castle Hill Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Castle Hill Primary .

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Shade Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme hereShade Primary School had a selection of pupils from across the year groups taking part and these are the posters they created. Another fantastic set!

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Walsden St Peters Primary School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the youngest group to take part so far, Elizabeth Dawber’s very talented Year 3 class from Walsden St Peters CE (VC) Primary School.

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“As the children were building new skills they were also developing in confidence and self -belief throughout the session.” Class teacher.

“We have shared the children’s work during our Friday whole school celebration assembly.  The children were very proud to show off their masterpieces and were confident to discuss how and why they created the posters.” Class teacher.

“Cath made me feel confident when I couldn’t do the collaging.  She helped me and I actually did it!” Pupil

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – Todmorden Junior School

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term. This year each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town. Read more about this year’s theme here.  These are the posters created by the talented pupils at Todmorden CE J, I & N School

“There was some new terminology and different techniques the children hadn’t come across before, but you could really see the development of skills and vocabulary throughout the day. The children were fascinated by the inspiration from the posters, and it was lovely to be celebrating the local area.” Class teacher.

“I liked working as a team. It was nice to collaborate with others.” Pupil

 

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Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

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Celebrating Todmorden – St Joseph’s

Todmorden Town Council has generously supported the Todmorden Treat, a project to give each primary school an experience of working with the same artist or performer during the spring term.  We are grateful for their support again this year, which will allow artist Cath Ford to run a full day workshop at each school. Celebrating Todmorden will explore and communicate the unique characteristics, heritage, communities and geography of Todmorden.

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Each workshop will result in a series of A2 posters, inspired by vintage travel posters, which will celebrate Todmorden in the local area and promote it to people living outside the town.

As each workshop takes place we will share the posters on this blog.  First up are St Joseph’s RC Primary School. We think Mr Sutcliffe’s pupils came up with some beautiful posters. We would like to see the posters the schools create shared far and wide, so that the pupils can see their hard work, and the places that are important to them, being appreciated by the wider community.

Are you a group/organisation in Todmorden who would like to use them to promote the area and/or what you do?  If you would like Jpegs of the posters please get in touch by emailing Melanie.

“Both children and staff enjoyed the day and both learned some new skills.” Class teacher

“I didn’t know we could make art so good.” Pupil

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