Shaun the Sheep sculpture designed by Knowle West pupils

 

Left to right: KnowleDGE pupils Rebekha King (13), Lorraine Walker  (13), Art teacher Liz Barnes, artist Tim Sutcliffe and winning pupil Jahavnni Foster (12) painting "Global Shaun". Picture by Community Photographer Grace Previte

Left to right: KnowleDGE pupils Rebekha King (13), Lorraine Walker (13), Art teacher Liz Barnes, artist Tim Sutcliffe and winning pupil Jahavnni Foster (12) painting “Global Shaun”.
Picture by Community Photographer Grace Previte

Pupils from KnowleDGE have been working with a Bristol artist to paint their own Shaun the Sheep sculpture – to be displayed inside Filwood Library in the summer holidays.

Bristol illustrator Tim Sutcliffe worked a day with seven students from the 140-pupil school in Knowle West to complete the sculpture which will return to the school in September.

Staff ran a Cracking Design Challenge competition for the students to come up with ideas. Winners Jahavnni Foster (12), Kane Armstrong (10) and Rebekha King (13) worked with Tim to put the designs together and create the theme of “Global Shaun”.

Art teacher Liz Barnes said the winning design would take on board the school’s “international links” they had formed with Kenya.

She said: “Our Shaun will be an eye-catching part of our school for visitors and students for many years to come…”

Jahavnni, whose overall design came first told the Knowledge: “My parents are from Jamaica and we have done stuff at school with other countries like Kenya.

“I wanted kids in the school to think about the rest of the world. Some kids in other countries are dying and don’t have enough money to go to school…”

Tim, who is also working on a new design for the second Shaun in the City Trail in Bristol this summer, currently has a ‘Robo-Shaun’ in London outside the Royal Exchange.

He said: “The KnowleDGE Shaun has a map of the world on the body and stickers of flags on the legs to represent each country.

“I hadn’t realised the school had such strong international links and we are bringing the Kenyan theme in on his face – based on traditional headdress and facepaints.

“It’s nice the pupils can do different elements, there are flat areas for those who are not so artistic and they’ve done some great patterns…”

Shaun in the City is a public arts trail from Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, the team behind the award-winning Gromit Unleashed trail in 2013.

A flock of 70 sculptures of Shaun the Sheep will be designed and decorated by artists, designers and celebrities and placed around Bristol this summer.

The trail will run from 6 July – 31 August, ending in a public exhibition and charity auction this autumn.