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Beccles schools create gorgeous Waveney river mural

PUBLISHED: 14:45 24 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:04 25 September 2019

The mural is made out of over 2,000 hand cut pieces of glass in each project. Photo: Contributed

The mural is made out of over 2,000 hand cut pieces of glass in each project. Photo: Contributed

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Children from the region have collaborated with a local artist to create a stunning mural of the area they live in.

The river Waveney mural made by students and a local artist at St Edmunds primary school, Bungay. Photo: ContributedThe river Waveney mural made by students and a local artist at St Edmunds primary school, Bungay. Photo: Contributed

Schoolchildren from both St Benets and St Edmunds primary schools in Beccles worked with glass artist Fern Spray to create a gorgeous glass mural of the River Waveney.

The children sent Mrs Spray drawings to work from to create a final design together which commenced in June this year.

Fern Spray was contacted by the head teacher of both schools, Sam Barlow, after her work was featured in the 2018 Raveningham Sculpture Trail.

The students made the art to reflect the importance of landmarks and local wildlife. Photo: ContributedThe students made the art to reflect the importance of landmarks and local wildlife. Photo: Contributed

Local landmarks and wildlife were important for the design which Mrs Spray made, although the children coloured and stuck each piece of glass over a period of seven weeks.

Mrs Spray said: "The children sent me some brilliant drawings to work from and we created the final design together and the project commenced in June this year.

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"The children painted the majority of the glass themselves and the glass was then prepared off site.

"There is over 2000 hand cut pieces of glass in each project and everyone worked hard to get the work finished and installed by the beginning of the next school year."

The children worked on the piece once a week, sticking down all the glass.

Each year group got to participate and the project was complete ready for grouting in seven weeks.

Head teacher Mrs Barlow said: "All the staff at St Benet's and St Edmund's Schools are very proud of the children's achievements during this project. We place high value on the arts at both our schools and are working towards achieving the Artsmark award this year.

"When re-designing our curriculum for this academic year, we were all in agreement that enrichment opportunities in the arts for our children had to be a central theme for us and it must be threaded through the topics the children engage in. We will definitely endeavour to look for more collaborative work with local artists, poets, authors, dancers and drama workshops for the future."

What do you think of the murals? Let us know in the comments.

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