A group of our gifted and talented artists in year 5 and 6 travelled down to St.Neot with Take A Part today to visit sculpture artists Thrussell and Thrussell in their studio.
The visit is a part of the ‘Creativity in the community’ project which includes artists working across various community places in Efford.
Thrussell and Thrussell are currently making way-markers and sculptures as a part of improvement works along the trail which links Efford to the Plym Valley cycle path. This improvement work is the foresight of Plymouth City Council and Stepping Stones to Nature; a key partner for Take A Part. To enable this link to happen, Take A Part approached Thrussell and Thrussell about contributing to the creativity in the community project, and in particular the work here at High View.
Our theme for this creative work is focused on change; consequently, we decided to use the symbol of the dragonfly to represent this. Thrussel and Thrussel have strong community links working in Efford, and this, combined with the fact that they specialise in metallic sculptures of insects, made this partnership for the project both a very natural, and logical one.
Thrussell and Thrussell are creating a metal sculpture of a dragonfly for High View to hang in the entrance to the school. As metallurgy is too dangerous for the children to directly engage in, the children are being encouraged to follow the process used by Thrussel and Thrussel, enabling them to use the same theme of change to inspire their own artwork which they are creating here at High View (with artist Soraya Phillips).
Our school artists visited the studio to, see some of the metal processes involved in creating their sculptures, they were able to ask questions about the dragonfly sculpture commission, see design work and find out more about the work Thrussell and Thrussell are doing within the Efford community. The children also had the opportunity to explore the farmland which surrounds the studios and even found fox bones!
Artist Andy Blackwell, who is currently working on the creativity in our community project and specialises in creating sculpture and outdoors art, also came along for the visit. He spent some time with children exploring the skills of sawing, drilling and whittling and created both a small and large dragonfly sculpture with the children out of natural found materials.
The visit gave the children a real insight into how an artists studio functions, the design processes and stages involved within sculpture work. Providing them with a real opportunity to engage with, and feed into the process of a piece of artwork commissioned for High View.