Artist visit in preparation for Southbourne Carnival procession

IMG_4053On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 November St Peter’s School Art Department were lucky enough to have a visit from the Dorset-based artist Sarah Butterworth. She did a two day sculpture workshop in preparation for the Southbourne Carnival procession on Saturday 14 November.


I felt very proud that my design was chosen, alongside another Year 10 student. I designed a Sea Goddess and my fellow classmate designed a fish. These designs were then made into giant willow and bamboo sculptures. I have learned so much over the past two days including how to correctly bend willow sticks and how to properly shape and structure bamboo and willow into three dimensional art pieces.


We started by having a talk with Sarah Butterworth about the designs and how we would support them, we then drew line drawings to see how the willow might look, thinking about repetitive shapes and patterns created by this material. It took all day to get the willow skeletons done but by the end of the day we had made the main shapes for both sculptures. On day two we had a talk on how we would put the white tissue paper on to the sculpture. In teams we then decided to work out colour schemes and managed to work well together to get all of the coloured detail finished. I had a fantastic time and cannot wait to carry my Goddess through the Southbourne High Street. I can’t thank Sue Jones who has organised the Carnival and Sarah and the Carnival Team enough for giving me such a wonderful experience. Thank you also to my teacher Mrs Cherrett for arranging the workshop days.


Student Reporter: Roisin Tickner, Year 10