The Green Alphabet Project

September 2017

As part of our 2017 festival, the ‘Green Alphabet’ is a literacy and arts project for Key Stage 2 children which encourages them to achieve a Discover Arts Award

The project gives children the opportunity to explore green issues and create their own response to them in a format that combines a letter of the alphabet with text and illustration, offering great scope for imaginative work and a variety of visual arts techniques. 

To achieve the Discover Arts Award the project has been broken down in to four stages:

  1. Create a mind map to explore different art forms including visual art, music, dance and poetry. 
  2. Find out about the work of five artistes: Michael Rothenstein, David Jones, Quentin Blake, John Agard and Brazilian writer Leonardo do Froes – who have all created work about alphabets.  Children then choose one of the five artistes and then carry out independent research.
  3. The children share the findings of this research in an assembly
  4. Create a piece of individual or group artwork

Key elements are:

  • In-school workshops with artist practitioners. 
  • School visits from Brazil’s ‘Green Poet’ Leonardo do Froes
  • Artwork displayed at festival locations at Snape Maltings and in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth town centres. 

Lowestoft Artwork Display:

The artwork that is produced by the children as part of this project will be displayed in a large scale exhibition in Lowestoft Library during FlipSide’s new Children’s Arts Festival in the October half term holiday. 

Visits from a Brazilian Poet

In addition to the school workshops FlipSide was delighted to be able to take Brazilian poet Leonardo Froes to meet a number of the children involved. Leonardo lives and works in the rainforest, the children found his way of life fascinating. Leonardo met 90 children in Ipswich and 90 children in Lowestoft.

Evaluation

The Green Alphabet Project engaged with 9 primary schools across Suffolk, inlcuding 1 school for children with additional needs. A total of 250 children took part in the project and 70 of them are the road to achieving their Discover Arts Award.