Students paint their favourite Suffolk scenes on Hoot Trail owl

Artistic students at a Suffolk high school have painted a Little Hoot Trail owl – featuring their favourite places in Suffolk.

Youngsters at Stowupland High School, which is part of the John Milton Academy Trust, were first tasked with designing the artwork for the charity owl on the theme ‘Wonderful Suffolk’.

Students then picked up their paintbrushes and got working, bringing the colourful design to life.

Lesley Blake, Subject Leader for Art, said: “This project has really inspired the children and got their creative juices flowing.

“From design to painting, the children have loved every minute working on the owl.

“They should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

The design, created by Year 7 students, features the pier at Felixstowe, scenes from Suffolk’s beautiful countryside, the high school building with its surrounding fields and images of the county’s everchanging weather.

The Big Hoot Art Trail will see 40 ‘Big Hoots’ decorated and sponsored by local businesses hidden around Ipswich for people to find, as well as a number of ‘Little Hoot’ owls designed by schools and local groups in the county.

The Big Hoot Art Trail, which kicks off on June 16, follows the hugely successful Elmer’s Big Parade in 2019 and Pigs Gone Wild in 2016, raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

David Brewster, Head of School, said the children had really captured the spirit of the art trail.

He said: “The children have done a wonderful job of painting the owl, their enthusiasm for the project has been infectious.

“They worked hard to come up with the design, reflecting some of their favourite places in the county.

“We can’t wait for the trail to begin so people can see the children’s fantastic work.”

Peter Whear, Executive Headteacher added: “It has been a joy seeing the owl come to life.

“The children have really enjoyed the project and are looking forward to seeing their owl in its new home in Ipswich when the trail begins in June.”

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