Across the city, children have been getting creative and putting their unique stamp on snow puppies as part of our Snowdogs by the Sea education programme. We were delighted to receive a lovely letter from Sue Roberts, Head of Art at Lancing Prep School describing how pupils from across the school collaborated to create a beautiful snow puppy that they’ve named, ‘Marty’.
Sue told us how they approached the project.
“We decided to have a ‘Snowdog Day’ where we could involve the whole school by inviting children to take part in a variety of dog themed creative activities leading towards the final design of our Snowdog. The day started with an assembly to introduce the project, including information about Martlets Hospice, Wild in Art and how the Snow dog idea was formed. This was followed by a showing of the film ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ by Raymond Briggs.
Children then, worked in groups to mind-map their ideas about Brighton and Martlets, before designing images to go on their hand shape. We decided that we would try and involve every child in the school by asking each to draw around their hand and make a design on it. Each class followed the artistic style of either a well- known artist, culture or time in history.”
She went on to describe how the disparate designs came together to achieve the overall effect.
“Each individually designed hand shape was then cut out and decoupaged onto the Snowdog to create an overall coat.”
As well as designing Marty the children took part in a variety of activities run by teachers including; creating upcycled dog collars, mini dog houses, large recycled dog kennels, dog poetry and designing superhero dogs! The pupils at Lancing Prep School also baked dog themed cakes for a cake sale and raised £195 for Martlets Hospice.
Speaking about the education programme, Liz Davies, Community Fundraiser at Martlets Hospice said: “We have been delighted at the way schools across our area have embraced Snowdogs by the Sea and used it as an opportunity to both involve pupils in creative activities and as a gentle way in to explore issues around loss and hope, something the Snowman story does so well. It is thrilling every time a school gets back in touch to show us what they’ve created and seeing the enthusiasm for the project from everyone involved.”
The snow puppies, created by local schoolchildren, will be on show in Brighton & Hove Museums and Jubilee Library throughout the duration of our Snowdogs trail in the autumn.