News release:Studio launches to inspire young Knowle artists

Greenfield E-ACT Academy welcomed Bristol illustrator Tim Sutcliffe into school this week to launch their new bespoke art studio.

The new room will only be used for art and design and is part of a plan by the school to be able to offer the same high quality facilities that might be found in a secondary school.

Over the summer holidays the £8,000 refurbishment has introduced tilting worktops and plenty of space in a light environment. It also has an area that parents are also making use of to watch the art club and for meetings.

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New studio in action with Greenfield art club

Illustrator Tim Sutcliffe helped pupils create their own monsters before officially opening the new studio. Tim recently completed two models as part of the Shaun in the City art trails in London and Bristol this summer.

Art teacher Dan Jones said:

“Having a permanent art room has already boosted our interest and achievements in the subject. Children and families now have a great space to explore mediums such as chalk, charcoal, watercolours, oil pastels and marbling inks. I’m delighted that we have a professional artist and illustrator to share his skills with our art club and officially launch our studio.”

Illustrator Tim Sutcliffe said:

"It's fantastic that children will have access to such great art facilities, materials and space to be creative. I'm delighted to be involved in opening the studio and taking the first art club. I'm really enjoyed working with the children on this cartoon art project. I'm not a teacher so I’m sure it was different to their normal art classes. I hope they had lots of fun."

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Notes for Editors

1. Greenfield was judged as ‘good’ in September 2012. It has a high number of pupils who are eligible for extra support through pupil premium funding.

2. More information about the school can be found at www.greenfielde-actacademy.org.uk

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