With the help of some cake and in the inspiring surroundings of the Rev’s art room, the Ipswich School art scholars gathered last week to start their Elmer project – transforming a plain white elephant into a colourful creation which will form part of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk.
This is an art trail throughout Ipswich which will be unveiled this summer, raising funds and awareness for St Elizabeth Hospice.
There will be 55 large elephants on the trail, designed by professional artists and sponsored by local businesses and organisations, including Ipswich School. Schools, including the Senior School and Prep School, are decorating over 80 smaller ones which will be found in shops around the town during the summer too.
Ipswich School is the associate education partner for the trail, and hosted an event on Monday 21 January for teachers from the schools taking part. Mik Richardson, one of the artists painting the large Elmers, explained more to the visitors about the materials to use to decorate their models, and how he has been inspired to create the designs of his models.
We will bring you more about the Ipswich School creations over the coming weeks.