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St Helier Community Cluster

Harris Academy Morden is delighted to be working with our local primary schools to forge a community partnership in the St Helier ward.

Our first project is being launched in June 2014. Year 5 students from our partner schools: Abbotsbury Primary School; Malmesbury Primary School; Perseid School and St Teresa’s Primary School will be working with the art staff from the Academy.

The 4 week project will produce a collaborative piece of art that will unify the students in a common theme. The group of budding young artists will take inspiration from our local landscapes and local community. This original artefact will then go on a road show around our local community, being displayed in local businesses and amenities.

The project will finish with an exhibition for students, parents, carers and staff at the Academy. The community viewing will take place on Monday 7th July, 5.00pm - 6.00pm. For more information please contact Hannah Wilson, Vice Principal.

Watch our cluster’s journey here…

Community Art Exhibition, Monday 7th July 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Art Exhibition. The Year 5s involved in the project, together with their Headteachers and the Harris Morden Art Department, came together to celebrate the collaboration of the St Helier Community Cluster. The event was well-attended by parents and we were delighted to invite our special guests Tony Bayon, Slawek Szczepanski  and Maxi Martin to unveil the masterpiece. The artwork will now go on a roadshow around the borough to showcase the artistic skills of the students.

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Session 3, Tuesday 1st July 2014

On the last day of the workshop the students had their fired tiles returned to them. They could see how the hard work had paid off now that their tile was solid and ready for the final glazing stage. This involved the students working out what colour to place in each section of their tile, which was not easy as they also had to ensure that the tiles next to it matched up to produce the very best result. The students then carefully painted the layers of glaze onto the tile, this ensured that the colours were strong and would stand out from a distance. Once the glazing was complete the students came together for a celebration photograph to share in the delight of the lovely work they  had  produced. After that it was a simple matter of putting the tiles back into the kiln to be fired one last time and out they popped, all shiny and spectacular looking!

Session 2, Tuesday 24th June 2014

Session 2 of our Community Art Project had a real buzz to it! The students worked in creative teams to produce colourful collages of our local community.  Images of the local area including wildlife, nature and landmarks were over-laid with images of the students involved. Visual links between people and place were created in these eye-catching pieces to symbolise what St Helier means to us.

Session 1, Tuesday 17th June 2014

Our budding artists arrived for the launch of the project today. 22 students and 5 support staff were shown into the Art Studio to meet Mr Dynes, our inspiring Subject Director for Art and our talented Art Technician, Ms Bagnald. The students were excited to find out what they would be creating over the next weeks. Inspired by our local environment and community, the students will be producing a clay-tile mosaic. Each student will create one tile each, when they are mounted together this will create a large piece of artwork which the whole group has collaborated on. Inspiration for the masterpiece will include references to local sights, people and wildlife.

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