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Inspired by Nature… Brackenfield Pupils get Creative for Autumnal Art Challenge

Imaginative pupils at Brackenfield School have showcased their artistic talents in an exciting creative competition, the 100 Leaves Challenge.



Inspired by English artist James Brunt, families were challenged by Joe Masterson (Brackenfield’s Headteacher) to use 100 fallen leaves to create the most interesting and creative piece, pattern or design they could.


The children explored their surroundings to source materials for their masterpieces and took inspiration from the change in seasons,

as well as famous artists and landmarks. An array of spectacular entries were submitted by the creative cohort, with patterns and arrangements including flowers, trees, colourful collages, a hedgehog and lion, and even a set of wearable wings!  


Leading artist James, who creates remarkable land art using natural objects, was invited to judge each entry. After a tough judging process, it was Year 6 pupil Harry who was crowned the winner for his outstanding pumpkin collage (see main photo).


Joe Masterson commented, “We are very proud of our Brackenfield children for their incredible artistic flair, and were thrilled to see the extensive variety of imaginative creations produced for the 100 Leaves Challenge. Art at Brackenfield has always had a special place, and our pupils’ enthusiasm for the subject continues to shine through in projects like this.


“Our school community thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we would encourage more families to make the most of their time together over the half-term break by replicating this fun activity. Alternatively, if you’re looking to try something different, other tasks that prove to be popular include; building artistic rock towers (take safety precautions with this one), scavenger hunts, spotting birds and wildlife, making a Den (how many materials can you use?), climbing, and finding the end of a rainbow! We can’t go trick or treating this year but we can dress up scary and go on a spooky adventure!” 


Brackenfield is a small, independent school with a warm and friendly atmosphere for pupils aged 2 to 11 years old, idyllically located in the Duchy conservation area of Harrogate. Aiming to inspire a lifelong love of learning, in a caring, lively and purposeful environment, the school has a dedicated team of highly-qualified and inspirational teachers providing a first-class academic education alongside award-winning extracurricular activities.


Life at Brackenfield is busy, happy and enjoyed by all. The school’s traditional values are held in high regard – hard work, fair play, courtesy, good manners, a sense of responsibility and respect for other people, property and the world around us. Children thrive in the family-focused environment, working hard but also having plenty of time for play.


For those looking to arrange a visit to Brackenfield or receive a copy of the school prospectus, contact the School Office on: 01423 508558 or email admin@brackenfieldschool.co.uk.

Discover more about Brackenfield today by visiting, www.brackenfieldschool.co.uk

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