At Ryelands, our motto of ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ reflects our desire for every individual’s creativity to be respected, valued and nurtured. We share a belief that every child should exceed their dreams across the arts.
Images from the ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ mural, completed in 2018. Click to enlarge
We actively welcome external providers into school to provide further depth into the arts and create real contexts for our pupils. Over the past few years we have built successful working relationships with Lancaster University, Ludus Dance, More Music and The Dukes Theatre. Artist Nicki Smith has worked on many projects with the children, including the Alfred Huberman Writing Award and the permanent ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve’ mural.
Ryelands is a member of the Lancaster and Morecambe Schools Art Trail, which organises a large scale exhibition trail around a theme each summer. We are proud to boast that every child in Ryelands creates a piece of work for the trail.
In 2017 we made bunting around the theme of Lancaster- Linking City, Coast and Countryside
The Junior Art Leaders take great pride in leading their subject in school. In the summer of 2019, they organised a whole school Art Week based around sculpture in the environment. They ran the exhibition opening for families and governors, which was a great success.
We place a great emphasis on drawing and children are taught drawing skills on a weekly basis in all classes
Ryelands is a centre for Arts Award. We currently have twenty five children working towards their Discover level.
Imagine, Believe, Achieve Day
The wonderful artists who painted the amazing mural two years ago, Nicki and Priscilla, have been in school again to inspire our children. Over the past few months they have been working with Junior Art Leaders and Chit-chatters on an art project based around the aspirations of our pupils. At the end of February, the children organised a creative Imagine, Believe, Achieve Day. All of our children looked at the mural and made videos, stories, puppets and books based on the characters.
Look out for an exhibition and book of the work in the summer…