Students give care home Olympic-themed makeover

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Art students from West Nottinghamshire College have given a local care home a sporting splash of colour through a series of Olympic-themed artwork.

Students on the Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design have taken up the challenge to create paintings to brighten up the dining area at Fern Leaf Care Home on Chesterfield Road, Mansfield.

Around 20 images representing a range of sports through the ages, including current Olympic sports, have been created by students Scott Corden, Alex Collier, Hayley Colligan, Chantelle Morris, David Brazier and Chris Cotton – all in their free time.

The students were contacted by Fern Leaf’s activities co-ordinator Pat Cawley to put their creative skills to the test to help brighten up the home’s dining area.

Pat said: “We’re thrilled to bits with the artwork and our residents and visitors are enjoying seeing the walls brightened up by the sporting images which all tie in with the forthcoming Olympics which we’ve been focussing on during activity sessions with the residents.

“The students have worked really hard and we’re all impressed with how they’ve transformed our walls. It’s certainly become a talking point for our elderly residents.”

The students began by sponge and spray stencilling the images of sporting activities such as high diving, gymnastics and racket sports onto paper which have then been hung onto the care home’s walls. All of the artwork has been painted with the union flag colours of red, white and blue.

Lecturer in design and ceramics Dave Charlton said: “Over the last two weeks our students have kindly given up their lunchtimes to put their creative skills towards this worthwhile community project.

“The brief was to provide something colourful to coincide with the Olympic Games as well as giving the residents images of sports to relate to in the lead up to the games and I’m very proud of their work.”