Creative youngsters have colourful fun in Marlborough

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Nia Powell, left, and Frankie Temple-Brown, right, with Katie Cowley, may have been a little peckish Nia Powell, left, and Frankie Temple-Brown, right, with Katie Cowley, may have been a little peckish

CREATIVITY was flowing at St John’s in Marlborough on Saturday as budding artists descended on the school for arts activity day Marlborough Creates.

The inaugural event aimed to celebrate all areas of the arts, including music, dance and drama. Activities ran from 11am-3pm.

Visitors were able to meet the scarecrow versions of iconic figures including Elvis Presley Marilyn Monroe and Will.i.am by following a trail.

The famous faces were created by Mike Harrison from the art department and members of the after-school art club.

Organiser Sally Bere, community director at St John’s, said: “It was our version of the scarecrow walks held in villages. There were seven or eight scarecrows all connected to the theme of the event and they were all really impressive.

“The school got its Arts Quality Mark award at the end of last year so the event was a celebration of that.

“With the choir playing, it had a really chilled out festival feel to it.

“There were about 500 visitors and everyone I spoke to gave it five out of five, so we definitely want to do something again next year.”

There were also activities for younger children including face painting, instrument-making, kite-making, and biscuit decoration.

Wannabe pop stars had the chance to sing and record a CD to take home and there were Samba and African drumming workshops, as well as live music from St John’s students.

Students at the academy showcased their talents, with art and photography work by GCSE and A-level students on display along with dance and drama performances.

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