Norwich School students get inspired by the county’s churches

Students at Norwich School have taken inspiration from the county's churches and a local artist by building their own towering structures.

A group of 10 lower sixth fine arts students were inspired by a tour of Norfolk's churches including Booton, Salle and Cawston as part of their themed project, Norfolk Churches.

The students made observational sketches, clay impressions, photographs and notes before visiting Bob Catchpole, a professional sculptor and former Norwich School student at his studio in North Walsham.

Lindsay Slade, head of art at the city centre school, said: 'In Norfolk we're very lucky to be surrounded by inspirational countryside and architecture and we like to encourage the students to use their surroundings as primary resource material – responding to them after seeing them in person rather than just internet searching an image.

She added: 'There are 721 churches in Norfolk and many of the students have gone on from this project to explore their own local churches.'

After touring the churches, the students visited the studio of Norwich-born sculptor Mr Catchpole who has a new exhibition inspired by agricultural tools, called Spadeworks.

The Spadeworks exhibition is at Norwich School until Thursday, October 11 from 10am until 5pm, closed Sundays.

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