The Redstart Primary Tree of Hope

The Redstart Primary School - Hope Community Art Project

During the recent lockdown The Redstart Primary School (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) organised an art project called ‘Tree of Hope’.  The project was introduced to lift the spirits of pupils being home schooled and included the children of critical workers still attending school.  Art is such an important part of children’s creativity and feeling good about themselves.  It increases attention, strengthens focus and develops hand-eye coordination, it is also very good for their well-being. 

The school wanted to set some inspiring activities that families could do together at home to create some fabulous pieces of art.  The tasks were also made available across the whole school, in the classrooms at the same time. The response was fantastic and hundreds of children shared their work with the school.  To celebrate all these amazing pieces of art work, an online art gallery was created and was shared on The Redstart Facebook page for everyone to enjoy. 7 galleries were created in total, across a range of subjects from landmarks, mosaics and bunches of flowers. The final gallery created asked the children to create a ‘Tree of Hope’ - Everyone at the school certainly felt cheered up by the art work they shared and the final ‘Tree of Hope’ will be shared in the local community at the Chard Forefront Church, who are running a community art project based on Hope. 

Mrs Philippa Evans from The Redstart Primary School said “We wanted to help those parents and carers who were helping children across multiple year groups by setting an art challenge that could be done by everyone at the same time. We had lots of pieces of art done by siblings together. We would like to thank all of the children and families who have cheered us up with their colourful and creative art over the last two months.”

A spokesperson from The Redstart Learning Partnership said:

“We are so delighted to hear about the ‘Tree of Hope’ art project that The Redstart Primary school has been working on during the recent lockdown.  The art galleries on their Facebook page are phenomenal and there are some truly fabulous pieces of work here.  We cannot wait to see the work displayed a Chard Forefront Church.  Well done and thank you to all involved for providing some visual joy during these difficult times.” 


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