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Local school to exhibit at MK Gallery Project Space

Date Posted:09/03/2015

MK GalleryAn observational walk along the banks of the River Great Ouse by Year 4 pupils from Old Stratford Primary School near Milton Keynes has inspired a range of creative responses that are being displayed at MK Gallery Project Space this month.  

A Walk Along the River (6-29 March 2015), features poetry, leaf collages, delicately detailed drawings, river reflections, watercolour landscapes, and mixed media picture postcards.  The exhibition also includes a collaborative sculpture of the riverbank made by pupils in a workshop during a recent visit to MK Gallery.

By looking carefully at the environment around them, and translating it using different media and techniques, the participating Year 4 pupils have built a richly varied body of work that captures the organic shapes, textures and muted colour palette of a winter walk along the river.

Describing the experience of their visit and trying to capture the ever-changing river-scape, Art Teacher Nichola Clarke said:  ‘At first glance all seemed dormant but as we looked more closely, hidden winter jewels appeared. The winter palette was punctuated by lichen covered branches and red berries (undiscovered by hungry birds). Between the deepest greens and browns, pockets of lime and plum were vying for our attention. Bull rushes stood tall and proud, delicate skeletal seed heads were snapping in the wind. Heavy fallen branches, just touching the water, created rippled reflections. Our inspiration was in place!’

Members of the public are welcome to join teaching staff, pupils, their family and friends at the exhibition preview this Thursday 5 March from 6-8pm.