Eight year old Lia Jarrett beside her work of art
Thursday, ?29 January 2015
Stained glass style displays created by children living in Lee Bank, Birmingham, have transformed a housing association’s office space.
The paintings were created for Optima Community Association, part of WM Housing Group, by a group of seven children aged 8 to 12 years old as part of a year-long activity programme run by Optima for local children, called Building Blocks.
The finished paintings have now been fitted to glass panels along corridors in Optima’s office, at St Thomas House, Bell Barn Road, Lee Bank.
Jo Lea, Community Projects Manager at Optima said: “The results are wonderful. The children have shown great talent and commitment to create something of value that they can be very proud of.
“The display has become a talking point for visitors are made our offices a more colourful place to work.”Before the children could put paint on their brushes, they visited St Phillips Cathedral in Birmingham city centre and St Barnabas in Erdington to be inspired by the real thing and learn more about the buildings.
Before the children could put paint on their brushes, they visited St Phillips Cathedral in Birmingham city centre and St Barnabas in Erdington to be inspired by the real thing and learn more about the buildings.
They were then asked to create their own stained glass windows around topics that mattered to them.
41-year-old artist, Sally Harper- Kenn of Sharper Arts helped the children turn their ideas into the colourful designs.
The artwork was developed over a number of sessions run during the school summer holidays last year.