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Students at Fairfield Farm College have been working with the Wiltshire Museum on a new four-week project, focusing on the work of WW2 landscape artist Eric Ravilious. His work captured many beautiful paintings of the chalk downloads of Wiltshire and Sussex.

The Chalk Hills project is for people with special educational needs, who enjoy art and being creative. The project focuses on the Dummy Book, a mock-up of a planned book which Ravilious was set to create after the war. The Fairfield students have been tasked with re-creating the book, including words, images and photos.

The first workshop was held at the Wiltshire Museum, where those taking part were able to develop their skills in watercolour painting and experience the exhibition for the first time. Over the coming weeks, students from the college will enjoy various trips to locations such as the Westbury White Horse that inspired Ravilious’ most famous paintings. There are also further workshops planned, which will be held by a local artist at both the museum and college.

The students will then showcasing their work to the public on 2 November 2021.

“The students have been really excited by this project, and in particular love the creative elements,” explained Shelley Callomon, Enterprise and Practical Skills Tutor at Fairfield Farm College. “They can’t wait to showcase their work to the public.”