Youngsters unveil First World War mural at Bangor school


Geraint Jones

PUPILS at a Bangor primary school will unveil their artistic commemoration of the First World War.

Ysgol Glancegin youngsters will today (Friday, June 12) reveal a mural created in an online project with renowned Welsh artist Pete Fowler.

Bethan Morris-Jones, headteacher of Ysgol Glancegin, said: “This project has been extremely rewarding and immensely enjoyable for us. We’ve developed so many new skills and taken the use of digital technology to new levels at the school; this has been fully supported by Gwynedd Council’s IT department and Cwmni Cynnal.

“It has really opened our eyes to the possibilities of engaging with any arts organization here in Wales or even further afield.”

The mural, inspired by the novel and film War Horse, covers an old shipping container used to store sports equipment.

The year four pupils wrote a brief for Peter, and shared their ideas with him via Skype and a blog, where the artist uploaded images of his work.

The London-based artist adapted his design based on pupil’s feedback.

Peter then emailed his final image in sections, which were projected onto plywood boards for the children to paint using ‘paint-by-numbers’ system.

He said: I’m really excited and happy to be working with the school on this mural project. It’s been put together in a way that’s unique to me, in that I design the mural with input with the pupils and they get to paint it themselves.”

The project is part of a new pilot project initiated and funded by Arts Council of Wales to explore how digital technology might help schools and arts organisations overcome geographical barriers.

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