Arts at Nutfield Church Primary School
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Artist in Residence
The Arts are very important here at Nutfield Church Primary School. As such we are blessed to have many talented parents and friends who have contributed to our Art throughout the years. We are blessed to have our very own ‘Artist in Residence’. As one of our parents Sarah, has helped us make some amazing Art which is displayed around the school. She led our redesign of our library and has worked with us on our Art Exhibitions, ‘Hearts on Fire’ and ‘Flourish’. This year, she will join us regularly to advise on a range of Art activities across the whole school. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it often leads to projects becoming increasingly ambitious! For more information on Sarah the artist read her biography below.
About Sarah Abellan
I am a married mother of 4, originally from Kent. Our family have lived in various parts of the UK as well as Spain and we moved to South Nutfield in 2014. I accidently fell into art a few years ago whilst living in Warwickshire where my need to be near the sea led to me to make some pictures for my home. With only scraps of fabric and luggage tags I managed to create something resembling beach huts which seemed a bit of a hit with friends and led to a couple of commissions. A fellow artist introduced me to wet felting which then became my new passion and resulted in me creating evening events for fellow Warwickshire residents. This promoted their own skills and gave local people a platform to promote themselves.
Once we moved to South Nutfield I began painting with oils and acrylics. I was always criticised at secondary school for my use of bold colour and total lack of drawing skills but once I found the courage to pick up a paintbrush again I realised I can paint but not draw!
This, along with spending time painting with my children, has led me to splatter painting with the emphasis on the fact that anybody of any age and ability can create art. I have been extremely fortunate to have been invited into Nutfield Primary School to design and paint the library mural, a project which I enjoyed immensely.
Being involved in the school’s Arts week also allows me to share different techniques with the children and I love how it pushes me to learn new things alongside the children in a constant quest to try something new.