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Winchester School of Art

Graphic Art Student Helps Local School Create Wondrous Scenes

Published: 7 January 2016
Sophie's Dragon Entrance
Sophie's Dragon Entrance

Earlier in 2015, Stoke Park Junior School in Hampshire approached Winchester School of Art for artistic assistance with two spaces which they wished to revamp. Their brief was to make them more inspiring and exciting for the children. Through WSA’s ‘Student for a Day’ outreach scheme this opportunity was advertised to students, and current third year Graphic Art student Sophie Edgerley took up the challenge.


Sophie formulated her ideas in collaboration with the school and they gave her wide scope to be inventive and ambitious. The school’s desire for one space was to develop a creative story zone. This would provide an inspirational area which would capture the imagination of the children and entice them to find out more.

The second of Sophie’s challenges was to create a walk-through ‘Dragon’s Mouth’ entrance feature.

Sophie then embellished their requests with her own ideas and designed a fantasy background using magnetic wallpaper and lots of papier-mâché 2D and 3D characters and sculptures.

Throughout the project Sophie has worked pretty much alone and has had to juggle her involvement in this project with her studies. She says, “It was a great opportunity to learn new skills delving into a large scale project that I had no experience with before! It was definitely a challenge but to see your designs come to life was magical.”

 Students gain lots of employability skills through their experiences in projects such as this and hopefully Sophie’s work will inspire creative learning for the children at Stoke Park Junior School for years to come.



More of Sophie's Creation.
More of Sophie's Creation.
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