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Wild in Art

A Wild in Art event brought to you by The Kirkwood.

Pupils at Paddock School put their best paw forward

The children at Paddock Junior, Infant and Nursey School have been channelling their creativity over the past few weeks to come up with a showstopping design for their very own Snowdog pup, which will be unleashed on the streets of Kirklees in the Autumn.

A whole school effort, which has seen children from Nursey through to Year 6, work collaboratively to showcase their creative talents, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees has been well received by pupils of all ages with excitement mounting as they witness their creation come to life.

Liz Barke, Foundation Stage Leader at Paddock School, was inspired to get involved with the art trail when she first saw the bee sculptures in Manchester for ‘Bee in the City’ back in 2018. Since the launch of the Kirklees event, Liz has been working alongside the school’s dedicated Snowdog committee to oversee the design and decision-making process.

She comments: ‘We wanted the children to feel pride in something they had created and make their mark on part of the legacy of our school. The design will be made up of lots of individual Snowdogs and we hope the children will understand that every part of our Snowdog (Docks) is important – from the simplest of designs to the most intricate.’

She continues: ‘The children were very giddy when we had our initial ‘reveal’ assembly and super excited to create their own piece of art. The logistics of printing the designs, cutting them out and then attaching them has taken time and we are only now just completing our sculpture. We have been trying to keep the final design as a surprise in the hope we can get the students really excited about the event closer to the launch.’

Besides their collaborative take on designing the large Snowdog, in Art Club, the children each made their own miniature sculpture using chicken wire and Modroc.  They then painted them using their original designs which are featured on ‘Docks’.

Alongside the school’s fantastic efforts with their Snowdog, the have also very generously pledged to raise additional funds for The Kirkwood at their Summer Fayre this year, which always proves a success with families and friends of the pupils.

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