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Lorton School pupils create Active Art installation

Lorton School pupils took on a huge challenge during their summer term, creating a large scale piece of art work to decorate their school wall.

Friends of Lorton School invited ‘Active Art’ in to help design and build a bespoke wooden art installation for their playground wall.

Claire Grant of Active Art said: “We were thrilled to be asked in to Lorton School to create something very special with the children, we wanted to produce a piece of art that reflected the ethos of the

“School and the children wanted something bright and eye-catching with plenty of energy. We took inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of the school, designing a large tree with an array of different leaf shapes and incorporated local wildlife within it.”

Active Art introduced the children to the great Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who’s bold, bright, abstract patterns were inspired by the nature around him. To compliment his work the older children also looked at the works of wildlife illustrator Jackie Morris.

“Hundertwasser had a huge love for the outdoors and the environment, his work often included bright colours and natural, organic forms and he seldom used straight lines. Lorton School is surrounded by beautiful nature, so he was perfect for the children to take inspiration from. Jackie Morris’s more detailed illustrations provided a tough challenge for the older children, one to which they rose to fantastically well”, added Claire, “Combining these two styles and techniques has produced a stunning finished piece of work which really reflects the schools fun, vibrant qualities as well as where it sits in the landscape.”

The children worked as a team to decorate the trunk and the animals as well as each

individually producing a leaf. The whole school was involved in creating this huge, striking artwork which makes a memorable first impression when you enter the school playground.

The children can all be rightly proud of what they have achieved.

Further photos of the creative process and end result can be seen on the school’s website and Facebook page. Active Art can be found at or follow them on

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