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Dartmouth Academy students not running scared after Edgar Allan Poe Art workshop

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: February 12, 2013


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Dartmouth Academy students have been creating terrifyingly good artwork that will be included in a book after a special workshop looking at horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Year Nine students at Dartmouth Academy investigated the master of gothic suspense during an all day workshop focusing on his grim tale “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

After listening to the short story the students explored the symbols and language of Poe’s classic horror story and how they are repeated across the Gothic genre.

Dividing the story into key scenes they devised corresponding illustrations that inspired individual lino prints.

The prints will form the basis of a special Dartmouth Academy publication of “The Tell Tale Heart” for future students to enjoy.

Local artist and teacher Anna Uhr Delia, who specialises in creating innovative cross-curricular workshops, led the day.

The workshop was another of the Academy’s unique “Tenth Days”, in which students work on a single project for a whole day, often working with different subject areas – using new ways to explore a subject or theme more deeply, aiding understanding.

Mrs Uhr Delia said: “The visual arts provide a fun and interactive way to explore literature. Not only do students immerse themselves in a story but have to work hard at decoding the themes, characters and symbolism in order to create their artworks.”

Joining the workshop team was Sue Farrow-Jones, whose expertise in creating prints, gained from over a decade at Plymouth College of Art, was invaluable.

Nicola Perrott, Advanced Skills Teacher and Director of Learning, who organised the day, said: “Working with students on these intensive all day workshops is so rewarding. Students gain confidence and have the time to really explore their own creativity while being exposed to some of the best texts in English Literature. We aim to support students in their learning across the curriculum through Art and Design.”

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