Class inspired by war artwork

Children from West Dean Primary School
Children from West Dean Primary School

CHILDREN have been given a first-hand look at art inspired by the first world war.

A Year 3 and 4 class from West Dean Primary School headed to the home of school governor Sharon Michi on Thursday to see an exhibition she had put together with the help of artists.

Maureen Brigden with Broken Earth

Maureen Brigden with Broken Earth

“They’ve been really excited,” said teacher Victoria Wynn.

“All the work we’ve done in the build up, it’s made them treat this like a media celebrity – that’s really amazing.”

After they examined the artworks and took time sketching them, Shoni gave each of the children a box containing treats that replicated boxes sent to the Western Front by Princess Mary during the first world war at Christmas.

The class’ topic for this half term has been the first world war.

Artist Annie Flitcroft said she was really pleased at how excited the children were by the artwork.

“I just think it’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful,” she said. “It gives me goosebumps. That’s why you’re making it to get a response.”

Sharon said she was inspired to create the exhibition after 
meeting the class and seeing them learn.