Pupils from Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough will soon be undertaking a hands-on arts residency to create proposals for a piece of environmental public art for Portrack Marsh, Stockton on Tees.
As a part of their Cultural & Vocational Educational Experience week, 30 year 7 – 9 pupils will work with artist Adrian Moule and other local specialists on the Green TV project. They will combine science learning from Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, history from Tees Archaeology, art from community artist Adrian and Ian Lightfoot (Head of Art & Design) and geography from Jamie Cox (Head of Geography)
Green TV, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Tees Valley Arts, see artists working alongside wildlife officers and teachers delivering a diverse range of exciting arts based activities engaging school pupils with local wildlife and heritage.
Green TV is now in its second year and this school term will also be working with Bydales Secondary School, Marske; Gurney Pease Primary, Darlington; Rosebrook Primary, Stockton, and Golden Flatts, Hartlepool. Five different schools will take part in the project from September.
Activities and visits will take place at various locations across Tees Valley including RSPB Saltholme, Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve, North Gare & Seaton Dunes, Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve and South Burdon Community Woodland.
A parent of a pupil participant from Year One of the project said “Alex has loved Green TV – he has been so enthusiastic and engaged. By going to the site it brought learning to life instead of just learning from books.”
Uswah Khan, a pupil from Abingdon Primary school said “I want to go to Maze Park again because I want to learn more about nature.” (Maze Park is one of the wildlife sites)
Green TV, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is providing an innovative and exciting programme of environmental and heritage engagement through the arts for the Tees Valley. The overall aim of the project is to raise awareness of and increase public access to key areas of outstanding natural heritage within the sub-region.
Green TV sees artists working alongside conservation site workers and teachers delivering a diverse range of exciting arts based activities engaging primary school pupils, their families and the wider community with local natural heritage and wildlife sites across the Tees Valley.
Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North East, Ivor Crowther said:
“Our natural heritage is something to be proud of; we have some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife in the country. This project is a great way to get everyone involved in the environment in a fun and creative way, preserving it for the future. With it being the International Year of Biodiversity, this project has come at a great time! The HLF is dedicated to supporting local communities learn about all aspects of their heritage through initiatives like this.”
The programme started in May 2010 and has been a huge success, with over 300 pupils so far from 10 Tees Valley schools and many families being able to explore and learn about nature sites and the wildlife found there through fun arts activities such as animation, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
2011 is the second year of the project which will see a further 300 pupils from 10 different Tees Valley schools take part and learn about their environment in creative and fun ways.
Joe Dunne, Heritage & Environment Officer at Tees Valley Arts and Green TV Project coordinator said “To see so many young people, their families and general public getting out, exploring and enjoying the fantastic natural heritage and wildlife we have in the Tees Valley is just wonderful. ”
The project is coordinated by Tees Valley Arts in partnership with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, RSPB Saltholme, Darlington Borough Council, Teesmouth Field Centre and Tees Archaeology.