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Sandfields pupils showing racism the red card with inclusive art project on Mandela

By RachelSWEP  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

Teagan Landeg and Charlotte King from Year 8 at Sandfields Comprehensive

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AN art project to highlight an anti-racism campaign also brought together pupils of all drawing abilities.

Students at Sandfields Comprehensive School, Port Talbot, have been showing Racism the Red Card — and won a competition by impressing judges with their use of different materials.

Art and design teacher Michael Larkman said: "The NUT Teaching Association sponsored a Show Racism the Red Card creative arts competition, which invited schools to put together a classroom display.

"We won the group category for all of the pieces."

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The school entered two classes into the competition, with pupils studying Nelson Mandela as part of the process — and using him as their main subject for the final work.

"We studied Nelson Mandela and his influence and what he did for racism," said Mr Larkman.

He said as well as traditional painting and drawing, other methods were also used to create the final work.

"We’ve started developing ICT work using the school’s iPads.

"This works especially with special needs children or those who are not confident at drawing.

"It’s given everyone the opportunity to produce work that they can be confident about and very proud of."

One particular piece saw children research words synonymous with Nelson Mandela and anti-racism, putting them into a programme and allowing it to create an image of the former South African president out of the words.

Show Racism the Red Card is a an anti-racist educational charity, which aims to combat racism through enabling role models to present an anti-racist message.

Jessica Gasson, who runs the contest, said that every individual piece from the pupils deserved a prize.

She added: "The main thing than blew away the judges was, because we’re an educational charity, the display they produced can be used to educate the younger children about Nelson Mandela and his life."

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