The project was part of the Year 10 Preston College Links Programme which introduces the students to the college environment and to other organisations such as the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. It is an essential part of the Year 10 education programme as it encourages the students to develop independence, responsibility and social skills.
The sessions have given pupils an insight into the college environment, widened their horizons as to the possibilities that are available to them post-16 and provided meaningful tangible opportunities to discuss the different pathways open to them.
During one session, Christine Stanford, a Senior Art Lecturer at Preston's College provided a tour of the Arts Exhibition in the college Atrium. Pupils then produced some pieces of abstract art using charcoal, pastels and paints. Although initially a little apprehensive the pupils wholeheartedly engaged and produced some fantastic work which was then displayed in the Atrium Art Exhibition, much to the delight of everyone involved. Following this session, pupils took part in a collaborative arts project with students and staff from the college at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.
You can find out more about the project and scroll down to click on multiple pictures on the Astley Park School website.