School’s art project a hit

Fun With Tiles: Mosaic artist Peter Massey creates a mosaic coat of arms for Carsington and Hopton Primary School with the help of pupils Amelia Bone, Reuben Lambeth, Joe Matkin and Elizabeth Derbyshire.
Fun With Tiles: Mosaic artist Peter Massey creates a mosaic coat of arms for Carsington and Hopton Primary School with the help of pupils Amelia Bone, Reuben Lambeth, Joe Matkin and Elizabeth Derbyshire.
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Parents, pupils and members of the community did their bit to create a giant mosaic.

Carsington and Hopton School, hosted Mark Your Mark workshops encouraging locals to come down and take part in a project to create the artwork.

Materials such as glass, gold and metallic mirrors were used – paid for thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the school’s parent teacher association.

Head teacher Andrew Hounslow-Eyre said: “Members of the local community were invited to put some tiles on over the course of two or three days in order to form this huge mosaic.”

The artwork depicted a rainbow, a miner’s lamp, the Gell family crest, pupils and a cross on the landscape.

Peter Massey, from Zantium Studios, donated his time for free to help out with the project.

He said: “We specialise in working with schools.

“The mosaic is clubbing different aspects of the village and school history together.”

Every child in the school took part in the project, which consisted of 8,000 pieces.

“I live here myself so it was a good opportunity to meet old friends and new,” Peter said.

The mosaic measures 80 cm by 160 cm and will be displayed in school.