School name: Rhydygors School
Headteacher: K Corcoran
Number of pupils: 45
The school in Carmarthen has recently been involved in two separate art projects.
As well as completing the Momentum project Phase II through Engage Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales the school has also undertaken a Mural Project to brighten up and area in Carmarthen town.
As part of the Momentum Project, a group of pupils worked with artists Angharad Pearce-Jones and the Oriel Myrddin gallery in Carmarthen. The project took place over five days. This included one day at the gallery and four days at artist Angharad Pearce-Jones’s workshop. Three pupils in KS4 designed and made a large scale sculpture in metal.
The project was funded through Engage Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales.
The Momentum project (Phase I and II) highlight the value of strengthening links with outside agencies.
These links have supported and enhanced the quality of teaching and learning in art and design at Ysgol Rhydygors. Working closely with Oriel Myrddin and supporting artists has offered a wealth of professional development opportunities for all staff at the school.
Louise Morgan, art and design teacher at Ysgol Rhydygors said: “It’s so important for our pupils to have direction. Finding the key to their interests and passions and offering new opportunities to develop their skills is the route to progression.
“The wealth of expertise the artist shares with our young people could not be replicated in a school setting.
“Throughout every workshop the artist’s desire to create is always present. The passion for creative making inspires the young people and subliminally they shift from pupils and blossom to become artists and makers.”
“It has been a privilege to see this and it has had a very positive impact on the learning culture within the art and design classroom at school.
“The learning environment is promoted as a studio space where young people create and learn in a mutually respectful manner,” said Louise.
Three pupils designed, made and installed this permanent sculpture for the school grounds.
Rhydygors school has also added a splash of colour to Carmarthen town centre. The school was asked by Pandora jewellers to create a mural on the wall at the side of their shop. Local artists Swci Delic was invited to work with the pupils.
“The collaboration was really exciting and led to the transformation of the 25 metre wall space into an area filled with colour and pattern,” said Louise. The team worked with vision and enthusiasm and completed the project in five days.
“The positive feedback from the public throughout the week really inspired the pupils,” added Louise.
Pandora has rewarded the pupils with a London street art tour and graffiti workshop in November.