RIVER - art, science and inspiration

River Dart and River Avon

From : Sarah at the AONB

Children and young people took inspiration from local rivers in a project which unfolded from late spring to early autumn 2010. The RIVER project forged a new relationship between the art department at King Edward VII Community College, Totnes (KEVICC), Sharpham Trust on the River Dart and the AONB, and brought in artists and scientists in the Area.

RIVER highlights included 

  • - A delightful trip for students to meet and work with artist Sara Downham-Lotto and walk the green lane from her studio to the River Avon: More about visit to Avon Valley  


  • - A special day on the Sharpham estate for ‘Gifted & Talented’ pupils from primary schools across the AONB. Children used art and science to learn about the Dart estuary. Activities on offer included exploring the estuary muds through a microscope and making a huge nature-based collage in the sunshine along the shore.


  • - Drop-in drawing workshops for members of the public as part of the Sharpham Trust Apple Day. Plymouth-based artist Xiao Bai Li taught Chinese traditional painting and Tim Wightman (Head of Art at KEVICC) offered chalk and charcoal. These were two interesting ways to capture the natural beauty of this stunning estate above the River Dart on a glorious early autumn day: More about the Apple Day


  • - The RIVER project culminated in an exhibition at the Ariel Centre, Totnes as part of the Big Draw, a national event in October.  Workshops held during the exhibition involved 1200 pupils.


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RIVER - art, science and inspiration


Ten year olds learn about the delights - and importance - of estuary mud, with AONB Estuaries Officer Nigel Mortimer and volunteer environmental scientist Nick Crowther.

Here are links to our partners' websites:

South Devon AONB (AONB main website)

KEVICC Art Department

Sharpham Trust

and to the artists involved:

Sara Downham-Lotto

Xiao Bai Li

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