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Tree of Life

At the end of last term, we were incredibly fortunate to welcome local artist Ruth Conway  to work on another project at Highgate Primary School, alongside fellow artist Ali Crowther and all the amazingly talented children from our Reception class all the way to Year 6.

The children and artists collectively decided to make a big, bright piece of work, full of energy and life, inspired by Gustav Klimt. They looked at the painting of the Tree of Life, which is a study for a series of three mosaics created by Klimt for a 1905-1911 commissioned work at the Palais Stoclet in Brussels, Belgium. Klimt used a lot of gold, patterns and shapes in his work .

For the Highgate Primary piece of work, the children incorporated lots of different elements and techniques. Reception class set about painting the background a rich gold and the early years also used golds to paint the tree. A combination of embroidery, sewing (including the tricky bit of sewing into the canvas), beading, gluing and drawing helped to complete this uplifting, exciting and beautiful piece of collaborative art which is now proudly displayed at school.

We would like to thank the Highgate Decorative & Fine Arts Society for kindly supporting this fantastic project.