Congratulations to all those selected as the cover art to The Desford Community Primary School Audio Yellow Book!
The Audio Yellow Book is a digital wellbeing resource, providing simple tools, practices and music with the aim to help empower people in maintaining their health.
Featuring students cover art the resource will be available for all pupils, staff and parents to download for free from Mental Health Awareness Week starting 15th May.
Fantastic pieces were created for the project by the whole school and assessors Emma Fay and Siyuan Ren aka The Peony Girl had the challenging job of selecting just two from each class to be part of the gallery taking place at Desford Library. From those pieces five were selected to become the cover art for the wellbeing resource and the song which features on it. Scroll down to view them all
All class pieces were inspired by the music and lyrics to the song This World.
Creative Cat FX produced an animated lyric video to help inspire creative entries for the primary school project. The poem ‘This World’ by Stephanie Rose was chosen as the first ever winner of The Yellow Book project back in 2012 and her words were developed by ‘refuge’ into song lyrics. After assembly sessions around wellbeing with music from Pete Hirst and Phil Seaman of ‘refuge’ pupils were asked to create and share work around the things that inspire and uplift them.
We send a huge thank you to all of the staff at the school for embracing the project and to all the students for creating such inspiring work! A special thank you to Head Teacher Colin Wilson and PSHE Lead and Teacher: Becky Worley for all the work with the project. Visit Desford Library to see all the selected pieces displayed.
We send a huge thank you for the assessment team for all their time and support of the work, please scroll down to learn more about their wonderful work.
“Working closely with rethinkyourmind Emma’s passion for wellbeing and Mental Health has led to creating pieces for the Yellow Book project and video artwork led by the winning entries for the ‘I Feel Better When’ campaign. Her latest project ‘Respire’, saw live artwork being created in public spaces, commissioned by Arts Council England, the University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and Kenilworth Arts Festival. These artworks explored Health and Wellbeing coming out of lockdowns, prompted by the idea of ‘Respire: recovery, hope, courage and strength after a period of difficulty.”
Website – Emma Fay
“My paintings are often described by others as romantic and melancholy. Flowers are the constant subject of my art, and above all, my passion lies in painting peonies the national flower of China reflecting my deep love and nostalgia for the country of my birth.
Among all the different styles of Chinese painting, I like gongbi the most its fine and elegant strokes are perfect for portraying the delicate beauty of flowers. However, the extreme delicacy and meticulousness required in the gongbi technique also makes itself a test of patience and spiritual equilibrium such qualities are now rare to see in fast-paced modern society. I take joy from this trial every time when I paint, and experience it as a self-meditation, as a quiet respite from a hectic modern life. The traditional Four Treasures of the Study used in Chinese painting brush, ink, paper and ink stone creates a tangible atmosphere of Chinese culture no matter where I am. I feel I am on a life long mission to introduce classical Chinese art and culture to the world.”
Website – Siyuan Ren