School children over the last two weeks got the chance to immerse themselves in art, photography and drama thanks to the Henley Youth Festival again this year, some of which were around the festival’s theme Friendship.
Year 5 and 6 pupils at Nettlebed, St Marys, Rupert House, Badgemore, Kidmore End, Valley Road and Trinity schools enjoyed Young Shakespeare Company (YSC)’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. All pupils had the opportunity to speak Shakespeare’s words in short accessible sections and explore the motives of the characters in the play. The performance ended with the market traders’ hilarious rendition of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’.
Doctor Brian Squabbles and his Red Van was back again this year. Sacred Heart, Trinity and Valley Road created upcycled sculptures with full of ‘objects from a previous life’ with Trinity’s Year 5 pupils even building a ‘FriendSHIP’ entirely from scrap.
Year 4 pupils from Nettlebed, Badgemore and Kidmore End had fun making colourful Friendship themed mandalas with Emily Cooling. The idea behind this ‘Creating Art’ workshop was to make a larger artwork with the individual mandalas to represent the ‘Circle of Friendship’.
Year 5 and 6 pupils at Peppard Primary and Rupert House joined Kathryn Fell’s Digital Portrait workshop to learn the basics of taking digital photographs on a tablet.
Michaela Clarke from Create ‘n Make created friendship decorations using watercolour paints and old jigsaw pieces at Shiplake, Peppard and St Mary’s School. The children wrote friends names on the jigsaw pieces and related friend words like kind, share, play etc. Michaela said, “It was great to be back in schools for the HYF seeing the children have fun with art after 2 years.” Francesca at Peppard School said, “I liked painting my heart because it showed that I loved my friends.” and Immy added, “It made me think that the most important thing that you can have is friends.”