Funding from charity Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC) enabled learners from Thornhill Park School to take part in a three-day art workshop.

VARC provide art projects that bring a different creative experience to young people with autism and special needs.

Using the theme ‘giant bugs’ local artist Karen Rann, Co-ordinator and Khosro Adibi, Arts in Residence Co-ordinator from VARC have worked with the pupils to create large interactive sculptures using recycled materials. The finished sculptures will have a permanent home in the school gardens.

Michelle Khan, Teaching Support Assistant at Thornhill Park School, said; “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and produced some wonderful works of art." 

The use of visual art within an interactive setting supported learners with self-expression, communication and interaction.

VARC Project

Janet Ross, Project Director at VARC said; “The pupils had the opportunity earlier this month to visit, explore and make art at VARC's base at Highgreen in remote rural Northumberland. This year we have been fortunate to receive extra financial support from The Ernest Cook Trust and the Rothley Trust and this, along with sponsorship from MKM Building Supplies has made possible the creation of these marvelous interactive sculptural giant bugs.”

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