Pupils exhibit their ‘green’ art work

Pupils from five Tees Valley schools will soon be showing parents and fellow pupils their artwork produced during their recent Green TV residency in assemblies/ exhibitions, beginning next week.

Sacred Heart Primary, Middlesbrough; Cockerton Primary, Darlington; Bader Primary, Thornaby; West Garth Primary, Marske and Golden Flatts Primary, Hartlepool have been working with professional community artists and officers from leading local wildlife organisations exploring the wonders of local nature sites, all through imaginative and creative ways.

Green TV is a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme of environmental engagement and learning through the arts, engaging over 600 young people, their families and local communities with the spectacular wildlife of the Tees Valley, and producing high quality artwork that will allow tots to grandparents to learn about and enjoy what natural wonders they have on their doorstep for years to come.

Joe Dunne, Heritage & Environment Officer of Tees Valley Arts commented “The programme started in May 2010 and has been a huge success, with over 300 pupils so far from 10 Tees Valley schools and many families being able to explore and learn about nature sites and the wildlife found there through fun arts activities such as animation, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography”.

Terry, a Year 4 pupil from Gurney Pease School, Darlington said: “I enjoyed Green TV because we saw slugs and did animation with our photos on the floor with a background of grass and trees”

TVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across the Tees Valley, helping people change and improve their lives by taking part in the arts. TVA is a small organisation which makes a big impact in imaginative and unexpected ways.