Our Lady’s work in partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery to offer a variety of educational visits as part of our Primary Transition Programme. Steven Roper is the Primary Schools Programmer at the Whitworth. He develops workshops aimed at primary school children, liaising with teachers, curators and artists to ensure sessions that spark curiosity and engage young minds. Miss Tkaczuk accompanies children from our local primary schools on the visits which offer stimulating learning experiences.
The Nature and Art Workshop offered pupils the chance to explore both the Whitworth art collection and nature using scientific methods. The children gained inspiration from the natural world discovering how nature works as a designer when it comes to textiles and fashion. Making the most of investigative work, the pupils are able to form patterns and designs to produce their own colourful prints.
Children were tasked to think of the locale, their surrounding communities and the characters that live there. Using Whitworth Park as a starting point, the children dreamt up of narratives and stories of people that work in hospitals, schools, occupy shops and live in residential areas. Working alongside the Centre for New Writing and the Whalley Range All Stars, the pupils told a story in a town where anything could, and does, happen!
This interactive day out really sparked the children’s curiosity as they got the chance to explore how humans are built. Investigating themes such as properties of materials, structure and how cells behave they considered the impact of human thoughts, emotions and behaviour. The pupils explored the Raqs Media Collective exhibition, engaged with scientists and artists and even produced their own artwork.