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Scheme encourages art in classroom

BUDDING young Picassos in Watford schools are being encouraged to explore their artistic and creative potential as part of a new arts initiative organised and marketed by a leading washing powder brand.

The Get Creative project, organised by Persil, aims to encourage more pupils to experiment in different areas of art, by making £7m worth of free art and craft materials available to schools throughout the UK.

The initiative follows growing concerns primary school pupils are not allocated adequate lesson time in which to explore their creative and artistic talent, following an independent survey in which many schools were found to spend as little as 60 pence a year per child on art materials.

Infant schools were found to spending on average around £1.18 more a year, per child.

Free materials are made available to schools in the form of prepackaged classroom kits, containing a range of different art and craft materials for varying levels of experience starting with paints, stencils and brushes, extending to easels and drying racks.

There are currently more than 40 different packs teachers can choose from.

To obtain a classroom pack, parents, teachers and pupils are required to collect the stars that appear on Persil packs sold in supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the local area.

Information on the exact number of stars required for classroom each pack are available on Persil packs, along with relevant terms and conditions.

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