Pupils’ magical tree creates link between schools

Easebourne Primary School pupils who have created a magical tree out wire, paper mache and their own photographs
Easebourne Primary School pupils who have created a magical tree out wire, paper mache and their own photographs

A MAGICAL tree has been created at Easebourne Primary School by six of the pupils.

The children worked with professional photographer Cheryl Blundy to make the tree out wire, paper mache and their own photographs.

Hanging items on the tree

Hanging items on the tree

It was a transition project for the year-six children as they prepared to move on to secondary school.

Cheryl, of Smoke and Mirrors Photos, said: “The children examined composition guidelines and how to use these to express their memories, hopes and dreams.

“Buried in ‘pools of reflection’ within the roots of the tree are photos that they took depicting their memories and experience of their years at Easebourne primary, while hanging from the tree’s branches are fruits they made alongside photos from a visit to Midhurst Rother College, indicating that while their roots are at Easebourne, the fruits of this will be in their secondary education.”

As well as facilitating photographic art installations, Cheryl runs photography workshops in schools, working on a variety of different projects, including a photographic replica of Arundel Castle, currently on show at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Creating woodland magic at Easebourne Primary School

Creating woodland magic at Easebourne Primary School

“Children are able to produce stunning images with a little guidance, reaching a level of sophistication that they will not achieve in other artistic media for some years,” added Cheryl.

“This is great for their confidence and self esteem. The children at Easebourne have worked hard and really dedicated themselves to this project. It is fantastic to see their enthusiasm rewarded in such a high standard of photography and such a lovely installation.”

Staff had been incredibly supportive, she added, watching with interest as the tree developed. Cheryl worked closely with Emma Austin-Diment, who co-ordinated the project.

Cheryl said: “There is no doubt that these talented children have a bright future ahead of them, reaping the fruit of their efforts in the years to come.”

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