School drawings wow shoppers in Thame

Sparksartists 'Big Draw' exhibition involving pupils from Thame's schools in the shop window of Topsports in Thame's Buttermarket
Sparksartists 'Big Draw' exhibition involving pupils from Thame's schools in the shop window of Topsports in Thame's Buttermarket
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Shoppers in Thame have had their trips enhanced by the presence of streetside artwork by schoolchildren.

Thame’s co-operative of artists, Sparksartists Big Draw exhibition, features work from Lord Williams’s and John Hampden schools in the shop window of Topsport on Buttermarket, Thame.

The theme for this year’s event was catching movement and began in October 2011 when Lord Williams’s school got involved by making drawings from observation. These were then made into cut-out Olympic figures to be inked and printed together on an etching press. The final prints were then photographed to make a concertina book.

Christine Tacq of Sparksartists said: “This has been one of the most successful mixed age group Big Draw projects that Sparksartists have ever held at Lord Williams’s School.”

The event, run by Campaign for Drawing, encourages children from the UK to start drawing and says it will stop its mission when the phrase ‘I can’t draw’ is dropped from the English language.

In February this year, John Hampden School continued the drawing project by incorporating it into its Olympic-themed Artsweek.

Pupils brought together the prints and drawings by Lord Williams’s to make a banner for Oxfam’s bookshop window before the beginning of the Olympics.

Next year’s theme is drawing lines.

For more information visit http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/home/index.aspx