Gifted and talented Primary School children spent a day at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) with an EDDC Countryside Ranger.

Earlier in June 19 gifted and talented Primary School children from East Devon took part in an outdoor craft day organised by Axe Valley Community College.

EDDC Countryside Education Ranger, Penny Evans taught the pupils a range of natural crafts at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in Honiton.

The morning was spent stripping willow and making charcoal on the campfire. Taking inspiration from the art work displayed in the gallery’s currently THG OPEN exhibition, they made their own paints and artwork using natural pigments from locally collected clays, soils and sands.

In the afternoon the pupils used the charcoal they had made earlier in the day to create their own art. They also sawed elderwood to make beads which they used to make wooden sculptures.

Penny Evans said,

The children were really engaged throughout the day and enjoyed using natural materials to create artwork. The Thelma Hulbert Gallery offers a fantastic community garden in the centre of Honiton which the pupils all enjoyed exploring. The Countryside team and the Thelma Hulbert Gallery are developing more events to encourage people to explore their creative side and the natural environment around them.’’

The day was a partnership project delivered by the Thelma Hulbert Gallery and the EDDC Countryside team. The Thelma Hulbert Gallery and the Countryside team are run by the East Devon District Council. Information on exhibitions, workshops and activities at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery can be found at: thelmahulbert.com more information on the work of the EDDC Countryside team and on Countryside events can be found at: eastdevoncountryside.co.uk.