Arty Wymondham students turn shop window into wintry wonderland

Wymondham High Academy art students with the Christmas shop window they have designed at Kett's Book

Wymondham High Academy art students with the Christmas shop window they have designed at Kett's Books, Wharton's Court at Wymondham. From left, Charlotte Clear, 11; Ruby Broad, 12; Jacob Williams, 12; and Yucheng Bian, 11. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A Wymondham shop window has been transformed into a seasonal woodland scene thanks to the work of creative students.

Wymondham High Academy art students with the Christmas shop window they have designed at Kett's Book

Wymondham High Academy art students with the Christmas shop window they have designed at Kett's Books, Wharton's Court at Wymondham. From left, back, Charlotte Clear, 11; Ruby Broad, 12; and front, Jacob Williams, 12; and Yucheng Bian, 11. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Community-run book store Kett's Books joined forces with the art department at Wymondham High Academy for the project, which saw 30 students spend hours painstakingly putting together the wintry scene.

Over several weeks, the Tuesday Afternoon Art Club, under the watchful eye of art technician Emma Traynor, saw the pupils design, paint, snip and stick the animals, sticks, pine cones, snow, baubles and - of course - books onto the display.

Tracy Kenny, manager of Kett's Books, said: 'As we are a community, we are actively seeking all kinds of collaborations with schools.

'In this case, the shop window project gave the students a way to apply their skills in the real world, it gives the high school a showcase for their talent, and the bookshop enjoys the creativity they've brought to our festive display.'

The Christmas shop window at Kett's Books, Wharton's Court at Wymondham, designed by Wymondham High

The Christmas shop window at Kett's Books, Wharton's Court at Wymondham, designed by Wymondham High Academy art students. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The not-for-profit shop, on Wharton's Court, has been run by volunteers since early 2013.

Mrs Kenny added: 'We've all been in it together. On top of their usual tasks, Karen manned the till so Ian could do last-minute DIY to make sure we'd have full height for the display.

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'Wymondham's full of talent and good will, we just need to give opportunities for it to be used. We couldn't be happier with the results.'

Mrs Traynor said: 'I've really enjoyed designing and organising a Christmas display for my art club to showcase their winter-inspired art. After lots of hard work, we've created a very festive window and the students found the project really exciting.'

For more information or to get in touch about a community project, call 01953 603663.

Do you have a Wymondham story we should be writing about? Email reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk