Top architect inspires students to get plastered
A BUDDING architect has been developing her skills by putting her heart, soul – and hands and feet – into a weekly arts class.
Faith Hamilton, 16, of Caistor Grammar School, is one of a number of pupils from across North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire to regularly attend The Saturday Arts Club at Grimsby Institute.
The latest session was hosted by top architect Joel Cady, who gave a masterclass on working with plaster, using alginate, the material used by dentists to take moulds for dentures.
Faith said: "After making a plaster cast of my hand, I put my foot in a high heel position.
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"Getting the stuff on was weird. It goes cold and when it sets it has a rubbery texture, and becomes hard. It is weird how it then feels warm.
"I will have to do a project at school so I will use this. It has been real fun today.
"Joel has inspired the class. I have always dreamed of being an architect and hope to work in New York.
"I also want to design and build my own home."
The masterclass with Mr Cady was organised by The Sorrell Foundation which promotes extra arts classes throughout the UK. Jo Shaw, co-ordinator of the Saturday club said: "We have been running the class for three years and gives the students, recommended to us by their art teachers, the chance to work at projects they can't do at school.
"As a specialist art college we have the facilities to give them that experience."
The schools participating included Ormiston Maritime Academy, Havelock Academy, Caistor Yarborough School, Caistor Grammar, Healing School and King Edward VI Grammar School.
Programme assistant with The Sorrell Foundation, Chantelle Hutchings told how its founder John Sorrell began his arts career as a teenager at a Saturday arts club in London.
She said: "You can see the energy and fun on the students' faces. They can do much more here."
Architect and designer Joel Cady said he was impressed by the students' work in creating casts of hands, feet and a starfish.
He said: "What I try to do is to make them create something which represents their body and find out something as they are doing it."
Find out more about getting involved in art classes and other activities throughout the area by visiting www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/whatson.
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