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The BIG Art & Storytelling Tall Ships Project Educational Launch

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The BIG Art & Storytelling Tall Ships Project Educational Launch

On Monday 24th March 2014 The BIG Art and Storytelling Tall Ships Project was presented to nearly 50 teachers representing 34 schools from all over Cornwall at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Artist John Dyer and creative producer John Frankland hosted the one hour event and presented all aspects of the project.

“The reaction has been overwhelming, it is exactly what we hoped for and it looks like we will have a massive engagement with this project from children right across the county and the UK. We already have several hundred children lined up to attend project workshops. The comments from schools coming into us today are fantastic, they are all really fired up about this and I can see why, as it is a magical, highly creative and unique project. I wish I had been involved in a project like this when I was at school ,as the potential for this is absolutely huge.” John Dyer.

ITV Westcountry covered the event and John Dyer ran an arts workshop for children before the event.

Above: Wilamena reading her poem for ITV Westcountry

Above: Creative producer John Frankland being interviewed by ITV

"We wanted to demonstrate the power of imagination and the storytelling qualities of a painting, my official Tall Ships Painting." John Dyer

During the main presentation Wilamena, aged 7, presented her poem and painting that had been inspired from the project.

Cornish writer Paul Farmer performed his story inspired by John Dyer's painting.
Above: Cornish writer Paul Farmer performed his story inspired by John Dyer's painting.

Comments and emails have been pouring in:

"Our member of staff has returned to school inspired !"

"It was a most successful and professionally presented evening."

"I’ve got a great plan to share with the school re your project, so watch this space !"
"Congratulations on the launch of your fab project. I’m sure that it will be just brilliant to see all the different entries and such a lovely idea to embrace all forms of communication , visual and literal . it will appeal to all of the children in school in some way."

"Very excited about the project!"

 "Congratulations on the launch last night - it was a great event and we're looking forward to planning activities for English and Art here for next term.”

"It was fantastic ! Very excited about making this the topic for my summer planning !"

And Philip Mould OBE. BBC Art Expert Fake or Fortune says “The BIG Art & Storytelling Tall Ships Project is charismatic. John Dyer’s new Tall Ships painting, combined with professional storytelling, creates an irresistible hub for creativity to flourish.
The John Dyer Gallery, The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Visit Cornwall and Falmouth Art Gallery where all represented at the event.Find out all about the project now