Art of Holy Week Passion, Kilham C of E School
January - March 2018
This spring we have been involved in a combined art project between our school, Kilham C of E Primary School, local artist, Rob Gobel and the community of All Saints’ Church.
Following the Christmas story, the journey to Easter arrives at the central part of the Christian story. Rob has worked each week in school to demonstrate, instruct and participate with pupils and staff including artistic discussion of different well known artists.
The artistic methods of Picasso, Hockney, Matisse, Lowry to name a few, have been used to see how the children show their understanding of the Easter story through artwork.
We all enjoyed the skills of drawing, painting and discovering art.
This work includes Picasso-type prayer doves - ‘the holy spirit descended like a dove’ (John 1 vs 32-34) which starts the journey to the Cross and Resurrection.
Each child has also written their own personal prayer on their doves.
The art has been guided by Rob but the results are seen through the children’s “eyes, hand and heart” as David Hockney says. The installation is representative of life, perhaps incomplete as one may think. However, the Christian message goes on beyond this point in time.
This project was conceived by the Vision group of All Saints’ Church to serve the community in which we are so fortunate to have our C of E School.
The regular visits of the schoolchildren to All Saints’ Church are held fondly by current and former pupils.
This small step has was like having a ‘Monday School’; supporting the community ethos of our village school.
Behind the art it’s been a journey and a real eye-opener for me to witness the school staff and children in action.
For example when discussing Lowry with classes, I was so impressed when the teachers played “Matchstick Men” and the session ended up with joyful swaying and arm waving. This seemed like a cross-generational contact, linking music to our visual art!.
Many children were excited with my visits and at times it seemed like coordinated chaos. However, God’s work brings calm to chaos. I hope you are moved by the results.
Sincere thanks to the children, Headteacher Simon England and all the dedicated staff in our wonderful local school community.
The artwork is now on display in All Saints’ Church , Kilham, until 3rd April 2018.
Rob Gobel, local artist