Arts Society of Diss helps youngsters to explore the artistic world

PUBLISHED: 12:11 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 24 November 2017

A student carving a mould. Picture: Georgina Livingstone

A student carving a mould. Picture: Georgina Livingstone

Georgina Livingstone

The Arts Society of Diss have been encouraging youngsters to get involved with art by helping students to experience different aspects of the artist world.

Mariah Skellorn talking to students. Picture: Georgina LivingstoneMariah Skellorn talking to students. Picture: Georgina Livingstone

Students from Hartismere School, in Eye, got a sneak peak into the art world of bronze but spending a day at Riggle Street Bronze Foundry, near Brandeston.

Art teacher at Hartismere School, Mariah Skellorn, initiated the project she said: “We are always keen to show our students techniques that are difficult to offer in school time.

“Having followed the work of a growing number of artists currently working with bronze in Suffolk, we were delighted to hear about Alice’s portable foundry project.”

The school approached The Arts Society Diss to support the project. The society was able to fund half of the students costs for the workshop, donating £360.

Motlen bronze being poured into a mould. Picture: Georgina LivingstoneMotlen bronze being poured into a mould. Picture: Georgina Livingstone

The students carved a variety of designs including plats, faces and church towers into sand blocks.

After the furnace had finished heating bars of bronze it was poured into the moulds.

Young arts co-ordinator for The Arts Society Diss, Georgina Livingstone said: “The students were amazed at what they were able to produce and now look forward to seeing the final, cleaned up results.

“These will be turned into a collaborative sculpture that will be on permanent display at Hartismere School.”

Students carving the mould. Picture: Georgina LivingstoneStudents carving the mould. Picture: Georgina Livingstone

Arts co-ordinator, Caroline Aldous Goodge and Deputy Head, Adrian Hayton, accompanied the students and produced a bronze trophy for next arts award.

The foundry is run by artists Alice Andrea Ewing and Freddy Morris.

The bronzes will be on show as part of an exhibition at the Corn Hall in February next year, which will showcase art from Diss and Hartismere High Schools.

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