The art of science inspires young people

A group of talented students studying HND Graphic Design at South Cheshire College have designed a series of inspiring artwork for St Thomas More High School’s Science Department.

The collaboration between St Thomas More School’s Science Department and South Cheshire College was marked last week when local MP for Crewe and Nantwich Laura Smith met with the students and pupils at the school.

Richard Holden, Science Teacher at St Thomas More High School, said: “It was an interesting challenge to communicate to the students some of the ideas that science staff and pupils had for the displays but I feel that they have done a great job.

“It’s great to spot pupils discussing the images as they move through the corridors and it’s encouraged the school to look at how we can build on this going forwards.”

Richard Holden along with fellow teacher Sean O’Neil developed the idea working alongside Lecturer in Visual Arts at South Cheshire College, Mike Smith. Mike added: “It was a wonderful project for our students to work on. To take a real-life brief and develop a series of unique displays that can be used to communicate quite complicated subjects; demonstrates how art can inspire young people at school.”

Students working on the project included Joe Lewis, 19, from Market Drayton, Joe Brooks, 20, from Market Drayton, Josh Sproston, 19, from Crewe, Harriet Slack, 19, from Audlem and Stacey Herring, 20 from Crewe.

As well as viewing the new inspiring artwork displays, pupils from St Thomas More greeted Laura Smith MP with music as well as various demonstrations of fire writing, flame tests, imploding cans, turning water into “wine”, acids and alkalis and dissections.

Laura Smith MP said: ‘It was wonderful to meet so many talented young people from our constituency, working collaboratively and producing work that will be shared for years to come. As always the dedication from the teachers and lectures to offer their students such valuable opportunities and experiences makes me incredibly proud, and I will continue to support them in any way that I can.”