Design students create life-long memories with Springwell pupils

Springwell school pupil Liam Horner, six, with art student Chelsea Hammersley, 18
Springwell school pupil Liam Horner, six, with art student Chelsea Hammersley, 18
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DESIGN students have been helping schoolchildren make life-long memories by bringing literature to life through art.

Twenty-two students from Cleveland College of Art & Design swapped their studios for a visit to Springwell School in Hartlepool.

Just over six months into their first year extended diploma art and design course they travelled to Springwell School, in Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, as part of a community art project.

Working one-to-one with children aged five to 11 with special needs, they helped create models based on the popular children’s books the Gruffalo and the Paperbag Prince.

Assistant head teacher Louise Hargreaves said: “You always remember the special people who visit you at primary school so the students have helped create life-long memories for our children.

“Working one-to-one with real artists has been a unique experience for the children and they have had a fantastic time.”

Art and design course leader Amanda Smith said: “The students have grown massively in self-esteem delivering the workshops and have supported the children incredibly well.

“They have learned such a lot working in the school as the workshops were quite complex. It will look great on their CVs and they left feeling richly rewarded.”