‘Batik’ artwork created by Great Bowden pupils to help decorate school

Pupils at Great Bowden Academy with their Batik artwork
Pupils at Great Bowden Academy with their Batik artwork

Pupils at Great Bowden Academy have unveiled their latest artistic masterpiece, a large, colourful batik picture which will hang in pride of place in the school entrance.

The students took inspiration from their local environment, taking photographs of buildings, flowers, trees and animals to help them with their art work using the ancient decoration of batik.

Thanks to a generous donation of £1,000 from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) all Great Bowden Academy pupils have been able to learn the ancient art of batik, a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth.

The academy were contacted by representatives of the Market Harborough branch of NADFAS earlier in the year to explore the possibility of sponsorship for a joint Arts project.

Success meant that the NADFAS funding enabled pupils to work with a Batik expert practitioner over three days.

The NADFAS funding also covered the cost of batik equipment, which means that pupils will be able to put their new skills to use year after year.

Academy pupils have already been recognised for their achievements, having received both Artsmark Gold and the Mighty Creatives ‘Get Mighty, Get Creative’ awards this year.

Every pupil has contributed to the new installation to greet visitors to the school.