Arts Week 2020

Students at Hazelbeck have just taken part in their 8th fantastic Arts Week. The event which dedicates a full week to a themed topic gives our students some amazing opportunities to take part in the Arts and once again the event has been a resounding success. The theme this year focused of the regions of South America with some activities covering the Arts from Australia and China (coinciding with the Chinese New Year). Students experienced Aboriginal art using pointillism painting on wooden animals and a more sensory version for our Sensory and PMLD students, all sessions were led by our highly skilled Dougie Upton who works with a variety of classes across school engaging and motivating students to take part in different artistic sessions. He is highly respected by our pupils and has been welcomed with open arms by all the staff over the past two years. Some of our Sensory students and PMLD students also really enjoyed taking part in dances which featured; La Cucaracha, La Bamba and La Lambada - all famous Latino American songs with an upbeat tempo. Every class had the chance to choose one of the regions from South America and did a fair amount of research in order to pave the way for the relevant activities for their class. Everything from Bolivian art to Peruvian art, to Australian to Chinese Art, Mexican and Uruguayan Art... and everywhere in between was successfully covered!
The event culminated in all the art work being shown in the hall in our annual pop up Art Exhibition which highlighted culture, technique and diversity across our chosen countries.
The week was a truly successful and inclusive event which all our students engaged in and enjoyed. There is also a collective effort from all our wonderful staff who understand how important the Arts are and how effectively it underpins our students' independence, self confidence and wellbeing.
A huge thank you to all those involved and in particular to our students who always participate with great enthusiasm.

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