Children create artwork from pictures of fruit in national costumes
9:22am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
CHILDREN from across Bolton “painted the world”.
Youngsters worked with artist Brad Drake and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to create a stunning work of art.
The Wildlife Trust invited pupils from primary schools across Bolton to send in paintings of their favourite fruits dressed in the national colours of the country the fruit came from.
Along with Henry Eve of the Wildlife Trust, Brad picked nine out of the 150 entries to be represented on a mural that is now a permanent feature of the shop at The Hive in Moss Bank Park.
The winners were also invited to take part in a family activity day on Saturday, when they experimented with environmental art, painting with leaves and carving pumpkins.
The children got to take away Halloween-shaped bowls, carving kits and recipe cards with instructions on how to make pumpkin pie and pumpkin soups.
Brad Drake, aged 36, originally from South Africa but now based in Bolton, interpreted the children’s drawings in his mural, keeping as close to the originals as possible.
He said: “I used bright colours and wanted to teach the children about geography and where food originates from.
“It was difficult to judge, but I tried to be fair and take a range of ages into consideration.”
Charlie Barlow, aged 39, a senior project officer at The Hive, said: “The aim of the project was to help educate children about their carbon footprint and why they should try to buy local produce.”
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