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A “TRIP” to Barcelona and a chance to study the work of a top artist.

It was all part of a school course which children have declared one of the best experiences in their young lives.

Children in Years 3 and 4 at Ward Jackson Primary School, in Clark Street, Hartlepool, took part in a study of the work of the Spanish architect and artist Antoni Gaudi – and it included a pretend trip to Spain.

The 23 children, aged eight and nine, spent four weeks learning about the man from Catalonia who lived from 1852 to 1926, and was the best-known representative of Catalan Modernism art.

At the end of their studies, the children produced their own depiction of the artist’s work in the form of colourful head pieces.

Assistant headteacher Louise Hargreaves said: “One little boy said it was the best topic he had ever done.”

She added: “We asked the children last year what content they would like in their creative curriculum and a lot of the responses said artwork.

“We thought it would be interesting to look at an artist and architect.”

The children visited the Space to Learn facility in Hartlepool to experience what it would be like to be in an airport and to go through customs with a passport.

“Once we arrived, we looked at Barcelona and looked at Gaudi’s work and his buildings.”

The children did sketches of his most famous work, the Sagrada Familia which is a spectacular church and a World Heritage Site.

Once the pupils returned to school, they made their own headpieces based on Gaudi’s work.