Art students improve school playground

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Art and Design students have put their skills into action – helping a local school brighten up their playground. 

Students on the NQ Art and Design course at the College’s Coatbridge Campus worked with St. Patrick’s Primary School to bring a storage container in its playground to life.

The project gave the students a chance to take on a live design project - coming up with various designs to meet the themes of fun, play, outdoor education and eco-living – while helping local school children on the doorstep of the College.

Each student came up with their own designs which were presented to staff and pupils from the school, with elements from each chosen for the final design. These were then adapted and created the group in response to the feedback.

Final designs selected featured artwork from Paddi Tomlinson, 19 from Croy, Angela McCormack, 17 from Bellshill, Daniel Mellon, 26 from Springboig, and Emily Kay, 19 from Airdrie. All the students have since progressed onto HNC level study at the College.

The students then installed the artwork in their own time with support from lecturer Simone Williams Orr, Sheila Boyle and Technician Thom Rees.

As part of the project, the budding artists met with pupils and teachers from the school to get ideas for what they would like to see on the container with the students asking questions to fully understand the brief.

Headteacher of St. Patrick’s Primary, Jacqueline Haggerty, said: "The pupils and staff of St Patrick's are thrilled with the work carried out by the art students.  

“The container base has been transformed into a much talked about piece which visitors admire.  

“We enjoyed working so closely with the college and look forward to more collaborative work in the future."

Lecturer Simone Williams Orr said: “This was a great experience for all students to work with an external client and develop artwork that can be viewed by the public.  

“All the designs presented were of a fantastic quality and the school were really pleased with the level of creativity shown.

“As a department, we hope to continue building relationships with the wider college community and engage students outwith the classroom.”

For more information on our Art and Design courses, visit: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/art-and-design  

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