Arty pupils get creative for Olympics

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ARTISTIC children are being given the chance to draw inspiration from world’s greatest sporting event as the London 2012 torch relay heads to Calderdale next month.

Key Stage 2 pupils are invited to take part in art workshops where they can create their own Olympic torch, design a gold medal and complete a trail around the Halifax Art Gallery to celebrate the arrival of the flame in the district on June 24.

The activities, which begin on May 12, will continue until July 21 ready for the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the capital on July 27.

Over 400 children from several primary schools across the area have already been booked on to the sessions.

The workshops will also give youngsters the chance to explore an exhibition of photographs about non-Olympic sports in Calderdale by members of the Halifax Photographic Society.

Art and craft, design and technology will be a key part of the workshop which aims to boost youngsters’ creative skills and also provide background knowledge on the history of the games.

Youngsters will also get the opportunity to look at deisgns for the 2012 games medals - and create their own version.

For more information about the sessions, which run from 10am - noon, Monday to Friday, contact Jeffrey Andrews at the Libraries, Museum and Arts service on 01422 352334.