On 12th July, The White Horse Federation was delighted to welcome more than 150 pupils from 18 of our schools to the annual TWHF Art Festival. Taking place at the historic Lydiard House in Swindon, the festival gave our pupils and teachers the chance to get creative.
The festival is a great opportunity for us to bring our schools and children together. The pupils, who were aged between 7 and 14, were encouraged to cooperate and support each other through a variety of exciting activities as well as masterclass workshops, which were designed with the national curriculum in mind.
During the workshops, which were run by talented local artists, the pupils were taught how to use a variety of artistic mediums, including watercolours, oils, and charcoal. The lessons were an extension of the excellent arts classes delivered in our schools.
A particular highlight of the festival was the impressive display of artwork that children had created before coming to Lydiard House. Emma Pratt, Assistant Principal at Moredon Primary & Nursery School, said: “We had the opportunity to showcase all the class and homework projects that were completed for the festival. The standard set was really high, and the work created looked amazing.”
Until this year, The White Horse Federation’s Science and Art Festivals had been hosted in schools. However, we decided to move the events to more meaningful locations, with this year’s festivals taking place at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre and Lydiard House respectively. The change of scenery has proved to be popular with children and teachers alike.
Sarah Roe, Year 1 Teacher at The Croft Primary School, said: “It was such an enjoyable day. The setting was spectacular and added to the inspiration.”
The festival was a fantastic opportunity for pupils and teachers across our schools to work in collaboration and foster a strong sense of community. Much like the Science Festival, which takes place every March, the Art Festival has become an integral part of our calendar., and preparations are already under way for next year’s event, which will take place on Thursday 11th July.