Postcards with Cheshire College Visual Arts learners' work packaged up

Visual Arts learners at Cheshire College have been reaching out to local communities through their art to make supportive connections during lockdown.

The College’s “Create, Share, Collect” project has seen postcards of student artwork based on local architecture sent to care homes in alongside personalised messages.

Learners began working on the project in December 2020, using a range of block printing and illustration techniques.

Then digital copies were made to be printed onto postcards which were sent out earlier this month.

It was designed to coincide with Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Ian Prewitt, Creative Arts Lecturer who has been overseeing the project, said: “Launching the Create, Share, Collect project has been a fantastic way for learners to develop their creativity and share their art in a meaningful way with the community they’re drawing their inspiration from.

“We launched a similar project called ‘Reach Out’ during the country’s first lockdown last summer where learners created artwork on what reaching out meant to them and then shared this with their College friends.

“The project was really successful and so we wanted to progress it to reach out beyond College and create an interaction with those in the community, especially whilst we’re unable to go out and share learners’ work with them physically.”

Personal Development Tutor Vicky Hewitt, a Master Practitioner of Mindfulness, Mental Health First Aider, created a secure “virtual” space for both learners and staff to access named ‘Me, Myself and I’.

It includes videos from Vicky on topics such as Mindfulness, how to cope during lockdown and strategies for working from home.

Cheshire College Visual Arts learners' block printing

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