2016: Edwina Ashton and Thornhill Primary School

Edwina Ashton Schools Project Whitechapel Gallery

Edwina Ashton and Thornhill Primary School, Islington

Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Commission 2016 artist Edwina Ashton worked with a group of students from Thornhill Primary School, exploring themes of animals, zoology and human perceptions of nature, resulting in the exhibition In the Winter Hours.

Through a variety of drawing techniques, storytelling and discussion students created characters, creatures, settings and habitats informing Ashton’s new work in the galleries.

“I loved working with partners. It was helpful and you learn more about each other and what art you like. Artists are good at showing you different techniques and making you think differently.” Yagmur, 10 years old

Drawing quickly with ink was a challenge. Ink kept running out. It is a hard skill to learn and you had to be patient and careful but quick. I enjoyed learning different ways of art.” Ellie, 10 years old

Art means you can make up things and stories, even funny ones.” Lexi, 5 years old