Schools visits 2017

In Spring 2017 VARC welcomed students and staff from four of our region’s SEN Schools to Highgreen for days of exploring, making and baking.

Groups from the following schools visited:

Priory School Hexham

Thornhill Park School Sunderland

Percy Hedley School Newcastle upon Tyne

Thomas Bewick School Newcastle upon Tyne

Artist Khosro Adibi led art activity with students and staff from Priory School when they visited in March.  A strenuous adventure across the moors to see Khosro’s sculptures in the landscape was followed by a workshop making mobiles and suspended pieces from wooden and plastic sections.

Students and staff from Thornhill Park, Percy Hedley and Thomas Bewick Schools all visited in May when warmer weather meant we could use our outdoor oven.  Everyone explored, gathered natural materials and made concertina books.  In the afternoon artists Lucy May Schofield, Jenny Purrett and Helen Pailing, with help from volunteers Jane Dawson and Laura Ross led print-making activities that filled the books with prints.

Then everyone enjoyed having a go at making pizzas and baking them in the outdoor oven.  They were delicious.