Art on Tour: Putting Ourselves in the Picture II

We had a creative day out on tour at Allithwaite Primary School yesterday, creating lanterns, paintings, portraits and poetry inspired by Winifred Nicholson’s Candle at a Window.

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The painting was welcomed with a school assembly in which each child saw the work for the first time. We visited Allithwaite School as part of their Arts Week, a whole week off timetable to celebrate the arts and to celebrate the talents of the children in the school.


The Art on Tour team were joined by Cumbrian artist and writer Karen Lloyd who ran a poetry workshop inspired by the painting with each class.


Every child had the opportunity to reflect on what makes them special and what is important to them and to capture those ideas in a self-portrait. One teacher commented that they had discovered things about their pupils that they hadn’t found out all year.


The children were given a small candle, representing their own light and the talents they have to nurture and to share with the world and they created a lantern to hold that candle and their self-portrait.


We were joined by parents and members of the Allithwaite community at the end of the day and the children had the opportunity to show off the work they had created.


We shared the painting with over 150 children, teachers, parents and members of the Allithwaite community throughout the day and we’re looking forward to the next stops on the Art on Tour journey. Join us for one of our next drop in sessions:

  • Holme Primary School, Friday 20 June, 1 – 4pm
  • The Hut, Brampton, Monday 23 June, 5 – 6pm
  • Dock Museum, Barrow, Wednesday 25 June, 1 – 3.45pm

Look out for further blogs as we capture the rest of the tour throughout the month.

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