Immerse yourself in Rivers of the World artwork from Worcestershire and Kenya
Our arts education programme Rivers of the World connects children and young people around the globe to study their local river, work with an artist to create a large scale river-inspired artwork and partner with overseas country. This year we partnered and worked with schools from Malawi & Exeter, Palestine and Barking & Dagenham, and Kenya and Worcestershire. Check out the stunning artwork created by Kenya and Worcestershire here.
Artists Pete Ashton and Sarah Brown ran workshops in six secondary schools across Worcestershire.
Learning about the River Severn and River Avon, students made river visits and learnt new skills in photographic and glass art workshops and worked with the artist to create a collective artwork.
Behind the Artwork
Students from Pershore High School in Worcestershire explored the working river from past to the present, visiting a stretch of the Avon near Eckington. Students shot short videos on objects of interest
which were then converted to 3D models. The piece uses texture maps generated for the models mixed with paintings inspired by them.
“I didn't think that science could be a source of inspiration for art. I might think about this for other school projects!”
“For me the project has really opened my eyes, and now the eyes of the students, to how important the river is to our environment. I also felt that students who were involved with the project and less confident with art and expressing themselves found new ways to do so.”
“It's been an amazing experience, not only to try something new with the students at school but because we are part of something bigger, connecting with different countries and knowing a specific school in Kenya is being inspired by the same project and we will be sharing our outcome and theirs with each other is really exciting”
Students worked with collage and caricature artist James Njoroge using collage and cartoon strips to tell the story of the Nairobi River and the wildlife and architecture surrounding it.
Behind the Artwork
Nairobi is one of the few cities in Africa to have a river passing straight through it. The Nairobi River was the basis on which the city was built in the 1940's. Students from Talent Academy created paper collages of a cityscape re-imagining Nairobi with different architectural designs.
“This was an exciting project and through it I learnt about the importance of conserving our river as it is a great source of water and also a brilliant tourist attraction. We must campaign to stop rubbish being thrown into the river and minimise the use of plastic bags.”
“It was such a great journey for me and the participating schools to learn about the little known river which passes through the city and yet is so significant to our history and heritage, the Nairobi River. Sharing my work with students and inspiring them to produce artworks based on our river was a great privilege. This project definitely gave all of us new eyes for our river. Thank you!”