Busy workshops at school’s art gallery

An array of activity has been taking place at Pool Academy’s art gallery with a number of workshops.

 Gallery walls being painted

Gallery walls being painted

Two groups of Year 7s were invited to take part in clay modelling, treehouse sculpture-making and painting.

The children have also been helping to paint the walls white in preparation for the gallery’s official launch date later this month.

The gallery, called Pool School Gallery, has been created to put art at the centre of everyday life in the communities of Camborne, Pool, Illogan, Redruth and the Mining villages.

It will also allow the academy to host workshops and exhibitions from visiting artists for its students.

 The start of treehouse sculpture making.

The start of treehouse sculpture making.

This week artist Jonty Lees led the workshops at the gallery.

 A clay model created at the gallery.

A clay model created at the gallery.

He said: “The students are doing their Arts Award so they are making art themselves as well as decorating the gallery.”

Suraya, a Year 7 student taking part in the workshop, said: “I am excited about doing the arts award. I have got a lot of ideas for it.”

It’s expected the art gallery will host sculptures from artists including Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallace and Terry Frost.

It is being assisted by members of Cornwall Museum Partnership, Roche Court Education Trust and the Royal Cornwall Museum and will be open to the wider community on Fridays.