Arts Award success for two local schools

Students from Tweedmouth West and Wooler first schools have successfully completed their Discover Arts Award.

Monday, 4th February 2019, 10:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 11:40 am
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival have supported Tweedmouth West First School, and Wooler First School to complete their Discover Arts Award.

Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) supported the Year 7 and 8 students through the national award, which recognises excellence in the arts and creativity.

Val Tobiass, BFMAF education coordinator, arranged for students from both schools to attend a dedicated screening organised as part of the 2018 festival to watch a programme of short animation films from around the world.

The films were introduced by professional artist and animator Robin Webb, who explained some of the animation techniques and other features to look out for in the films.

He returned to both schools to work with the two classes to make their own animation films, using Plasticine models to make short stop-motion films of stories the students made up.

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Teachers from both schools observed how much the students had enjoyed both attending the film as part of the festival, as well as taking part in the workshop.

Debbie Matthews ,of Wooler First School, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival watching the short animations.

“They were so excited to work with the animator and the films they saw gave them lots of inspiration. The animator day was fantastic, the children had so much fun making characters and creating settings.

Vicki Poole, from Tweedmouth West First School, added: “For the students to be able to work with an animator and discover a new and exciting technology meant they were keen to learn more.

“They found completing the Arts Award rewarding: it was clear and they enjoyed presenting their work as they were proud of their creations.”

Each year Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival works with young people both in school and in other contexts to offer a range of participatory arts and creative experiences.

Organisers believes that participation in arts activity is a vital part of any young person’s life, and particularly important for young people in in Berwick, as it can provide unique opportunities to explore new ideas, build confidence, learn new skills and open up career options.