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Kids combine law with art

ENTHUSIASTIC pupils at Haslucks Green Junior School in Shirley are busy putting their artistic talents to the test, thanks to an enterprising partnership.

ENTHUSIASTIC pupils at Haslucks Green Junior School in Shirley are busy putting their artistic talents to the test, thanks to an enterprising partnership.

Two Year 3 classes have been commissioned to paint up to 40 canvasses, which will be hung in the reception area, meeting rooms and offices at law firm Williamson & Soden, which has paid for materials.

Planning law solicitor and co-organiser Laura O'Mara said the children had been given a virtually free rein so as not to restrict their imagination.

"We've asked them to see if they can relate what they paint to the kind of work we do, so it's quite likely there will be pictures depicting family groups, shops and offices and people moving house."

Head teacher Carol Taylor said extra resources were always welcome and the project fitted in well with the school's Every Child Matters programme.

"However, the chance to interact with people from outside school is especially good for the children and this initiative is an excellent opportunity for us to forge links with local businesses and the wider community."

Sixty children, working in groups of two and three, are about half way through the art project and looking forward to showing off their work to parents at Williamson & Soden's in Stratford Road, Shirley, next month. (December)

Emily Withington, involved in the project with fellow class teacher Anya Navis said: "The children are really enjoying it because they have never used acrylic paints and canvasses before, they are luxuries."

 

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