Art and history on the river

10th September 2004 at 01:00
"Inside Out" was an artist-in-residence programme organised and supported by the schools' outreach service of the Museum of London.

It was decided to look at the Thames and the surrounding landscape and use this as a starting point for a project which would result in a colourful representation of the river.

We visited the foreshore of the river on the Greenwich peninsula, where the students gathered flotsam and jetsam, studied the view and took photographs.

The second visit was to Greenwich Park. Here the students made drawings and took photographs of the panoramic views from the upper areas of the park.

Once the research had been completed we were ready for the first visit by our artist Angela Wright.

An afternoon session each week, for four weeks, was spent with Angela. A variety of textures and colours were woven together, incorporating the intriguing and interesting finds from the river's foreshore. Objects included stones moulded from years of being in the water, weathered wood, possibly from a Thames barge, and an abundance of plastic containers.

The project proved very enjoyable, encouraged discussion and made the connection between school and museum come alive for students who would not normally visit a museum or work with a professional artist.

Maggie Cummins

Headteacher, Newhaven Greenwich Hospital School, London

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