Chiswick House And Garden Celebrated In Mural
William Hogarth pupils get taste of pilot scheme of educational activities
Local pupils are the first to explore the restored Wilderness area at Chiswick House and Gardens and to get a taste of a new pilot scheme of educational activities that the House will offer.
Junior local geography enthusiasts from The William Hogarth School, celebrated recent visits to Chiswick House and Gardens with a collaborative art project based on the historic site.
Year 6 class teacher, Ms Carolyn Ross said “It has been really exciting to use Chiswick House to support our Curriculum. Our pupils have learned so much about orienteering, history, art and more. We are really pleased with the connections with the House which will benefit their learning.
The children were the first to explore the recently restored Wilderness area of the gardens, after many months of restoration. This visit was part of a pilot scheme being developed to offer educational activities for schools at the site.
“Chiswick House and Gardens offers such a wide range of formal and informal learning opportunities, for all ages and across many curriculum areas” said Ms Simrit Mann, Education Officer.
“Schools really can enjoy everything from tours of Chiswick House to mini-beast trails as well as exploring the gardens and enjoying the lake and woodland walks. Children can also look forward to dressing up as Victorian gardener boys and girls in future sessions”.
Following their Orienteering Session, the children from The William Hogarth School returned for a tour of the House and learnt much about it’s history – and significance in English and world architecture and garden landscaping. The children then worked on a joint art project with guest art tutor, Sue Dance, producing a large mural of Chiswick House using pastels.
“It is wonderful to share the story of this famous historic site with local pupils and see their artistic interpretations of the villa in its magnificent setting. The House and Gardens are of great national importance, but we are proud that they, and the programme of activities built around them, are also a resource at the heart of the local community” said Ms Sarah Finch-Crisp, Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.
The Schools Learning Programme officially launches for schools in April 2010. For further information about the service and how to organize school visits, please call Chiswick House and Gardens Trust Education Officer Ms Simrit Mann, on 0208 742 3905.
February 13, 2010