Children earn arts award with Japanese-inspired work

Brandon Woodward, left, and Ben Forster were among the Boldon School pupils who studied Japanese Noh Theatre.
Brandon Woodward, left, and Ben Forster were among the Boldon School pupils who studied Japanese Noh Theatre.
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School pupils have been learning about other cultures by studying a classical Japanese art form.

Year 7 pupils at Boldon School have been working with the Customs House’s learning officer, Elizabeth Kane, to make masks inspired by Japanese Noh Theatre.

The classical musical drama has been performed since the 14th century and is based on tales from traditional Japanese literature. Noh integrates masks, costumes, and props in a dance-based performance.

Elizabeth said: “Working with more than a hundred learners was really enjoyable. There was a lot to do but the children’s enthusiasm for the arts was really obvious. The students and the staff at Boldon were incredibly helpful.”

As well as enjoying the arts sessions, the youngsters also all achieved a Discover Arts Award. The Arts Award initiative is a national scheme aiming to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. The Customs House is the regional strategic lead for Arts Award and has supported hundreds of young people to achieve the award at five different levels, of which Discover Art is one.

Elizabeth added: “It’s an amazing to say every Year 7 child at Boldon School has achieved their Discover Arts Award.”

As well as taking part in the workshop, every pupil created a personal folder of work. This portfolio included their design ideas, research and reflection about the arts. This work was completed with the teachers in class.

Schools wanting to find out more about the Customs House Learning Programme should email Elizabeth at Elizabeth@thecustomshouse.co.uk