Children Create Colourful Map of Henley

All the pupils at Sacred Heart School from Reception class right through to Year 6 have been creating a very special piece of Henley art over the last couple of weeks with Flick Whitehead, a print maker and Illustrator from Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

The children have created an illustrative map of Henley which includes landmarks and buildings in the town by drawing them onto a polystyrene plate which is then rollered with printing ink.  We particularly loved the Olympic gold post box.  Flick said, “I was asked to come and do the project by Rachel, the headteacher who I knew after I did a similar map for a school in Wallingford.  I gave the children a series of Henley photos to choose and copy from.  It doesn’t matter what age, confidence or art ability, everybody got a chance to produce something for this special big project.”

Headteacher, Rachel Gavin said, “This project began as part of the schools drive and commitment towards ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum. The children combined learning about art, history, geography and their local area and have produced this beautiful map of Henley.  All were able to benefit from the expertise of our artist in residence and this week  has seen the culmination of all their hard work.

Lydia Singer from Year 5 said, ” I decided to do Asquith’s Teddy Bear Shop.  I’m not that good at drawing but I wanted to challenge myself and I didn’t know what it would be like to draw on polystyrene.  The hardest part was trying to draw straight lines as the polystyrene took the pencil where it wanted.  I was worried I didn’t put much ink on and the print wouldn’t come out properly but I was surprise and pleased with the result.”

Rachel added, “The final map will be on display during our next ‘Watch us at work’ morning next week (13 July) where parents are invited to come into school and find out more about what their children have been learning about this term. We plan to offer the opportunity to purchase scaled down copies of the map to our school community and would be very happy to hear from any local businesses who might be interested in displaying and selling copies of the map in the town. All proceeds would be used to support future projects in school. “

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