Knowle Primary students unveil incredible mosaics

Year 6 pupils at Knowle Primary School unveiled their mosaics of what life is like living in West Park and were inspired by the 50 year anniversary of West Park.

Deborah Beadle, Community Worker, was successful in attracting funding from the Devon Guild of Master Craftsmen and South Devon Decorative & Fine Arts Society.  PCH sponsored the metal frames which house the mosaics and commemorative plaque, all of which were made by PCH Manufacturing.  The project was facilitated by Community Mosaic Artist, Michelle McQuinn-Farrand.

The project started with an arts afternoon where pupils created their own artwork, which was used by Michelle to design the mosaic panels. At the end of June over a period of a week over 100 students put together the mosaics.

Pupils Amy, Mia, Grace, Bradley, Imogen & Maddison gave a presentation on Friday to those involved in the project and to the school Governors before unveiling the mosaics which are proudly situated outside the school entrance.

Amy said: “We really enjoyed taking part in this project and we feel very lucky that we were able to create these great pieces of art work. We think they look great hanging outside of our school.”

Grace said: “We want to say thank you to all the sponsors.”

Mia said: “We want to thank Michelle who is a member of the Devon Guild. We want to thank her for all of the hard work she put into interpreting our designs and teaching us how to make a mosaic.”

Bradley finished off the thanks saying: “We want to thank Plymouth Community Homes for funding the metal frames to hold our beautiful mosaics. We want to thank Deborah and Nicola for coming into the school and working with us to make sure that this project ran smoothly.”

Melissa Duddridge, the Knowle Primary Art Co-ordinator was extremely impressed by the work that the pupils put in, telling us: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this project. They all created some awesome designs and worked hard to have their designs chosen for the final pieces. They loved being able to cut the tiles into different shapes for the mosaics and then seeing the final outcomes displayed, for all to see, outside of our school. They have all done a fabulous job and I am very proud of what they have achieved.” 

Deborah Beadle said: “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this project because so many pupils were able to be involved and were so enthusiastic.”

There was also a 50th Community Anniversary Event at the end of May which was packed with activities including mosaicking one of the mosaic panels.  Two of the mosaic panels will be placed on the Estate.