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Our Artsmark Journey

Welcome to our Artsmark journey

Summer 2019 Ryedene Primary started the incredible journey to achieve the Artsmark award.

This award is to recognise the quality of the provision for the arts within our school. The Artsmark awards silver, gold and platinum levels for achievement - and we are aiming high!


Follow our Artsmark page to stay up to date on all our projects across the two years.


Artists Shaun Badham and Phillipa Stewart

visit Ryedene!

In March 2020 Rydene hosted a workshop by local artists Shaun Badham and Phillipa Stewart. Children worked with living foliage to create 'Frottage' art. Children took rubbings and drew images that will be put together to make a lasting image for the new Lenticular board at Basildon Town Centre's new multi-screen cinema.


Children from all classes in KS2 were lucky enough to take part and the children can't wait to see their fabulous work on display!

Watercolour Workshops with our Artist in Residence

In December 2019 our Artist in Residence delivered a Watercolour Workshop at Noak Bridge Primary School.  Ryedene is committed to sharing good practice as part of their Artsmark commitment.


Noak Bridge Primary are also on the Artsmark journey and are constantly working in collaboration with Ryedene. Noak Bridge invited children from their academy schools to participate in the workshop with Artist Ingrid Anderson. All the children had a great time and learnt lots of new skills.

This is our third collaboration with Noak Bridge primary and we look forward to the next joint project!   

Year 5 - Inkpots Writing Workshops

October 2019



Ryedene's year 5 pupils were so lucky to be visited by Gill Pawley, owner of Inkpots Writing workshops. Gill is a professional editor and works across the south of England sharing her expert writing skills with children in schools.

Year 5 were led through an exciting project mission to Mars. They wrote stories, articles, reports and created comic strips as part of their work. They had a fabulous time improving their writing skills and learning new tips and techniques.

Thank you Gill for a wonderful session!

Ryedene enjoyed a fabulous 2019 singing at a variety of locations:

Basildon Town Centre, as part of the Basildon at 70 celebrations

Primecare Nursing Home

Ryedene Sheltered Housing

The Rotary Club Christmas Concert, hosted at Saint martin's Church, Basildon

Barleylands Christmas Fayre

The Christmas lights switch on, Basildon Town Centre



Basildon at 70 Celebration Art Exhibition

Towngate Theatre

Ryedene's very talented artists have showcased the amazing work they created in the Master classes with our Artist Mrs. Anderson. Ryedene was also joined by children from Noak Bridge Primary, Lee Chapel Primary, Phoenix Primary and St. Teresa's catholic Primary.

Ryedene partnered with Basildon Council to organise and curate this incredible event, which also hosted work from Signals Media and the Children's Support Services.

Selected pupils from Ryedene visited Greensted Juniors for six weeks to attend photography Master classes led by Graphic Designer, Mrs. Emma Ellam. The photos they created were also displayed as part of the exhibition.

We exhibited our work alongside the CSS
Our wonderful carnival work!
Noak Bridge's amazing Giacometti style sculptures
The wonderful photography work
How amazing is this!
Wonderful work!
One of the carnival banners
Celebrating Basildon at 70!
Happy Birthday Basildon!
Artwork in the style of Pop Art
African Art was our other inspiration
Some pupils drew the Fountain from the Town square
Some drew the Bell Tower at St. Martin's Square
More amazing photos!

Ryedene, Greensted Juniors collaborated to create this wonderful banner, which they hand-made for the Basildon at 70 float for Basildon Carnival. We even had help from some children from Noak Bridge Primary when they visited us for the Art Master Classes.


Basildon Council entrusted Ryedene to design and implement a float to represent them in the Basildon Carnival to celebrate Basildon's 70th Birthday. Under the direction of our Artist in Residence, Mrs Ingrid Anderson, we invited children from one of our MAT schools, Greensted Juniors and created costumes, headdresses and banners. Ingrid worked closely with Basildon Council's, Chelsea Roberts to organise the lorry, bunting and general coordination. On the day of the carnival, the children were lucky enough to have Mrs Newton, Mrs Slough and Mrs Stander to support them. They even dressed in the magnificent T-shirts the children designed and created. The children had a great time attending art classes after school, making new friends with children from Greensted and seeing their creations as part of the carnival.

There was a competition for best float and guess what - WE WON! A well deserved reward for all the children's hard work.The award was accepted by Chelsea Roberts on behalf of Basildon Council.

Signals Media visit Ryedene

Frazer Merrick and the Signals team worked with our children to experiment with historical methods of communication and blending them with new technologies. The children had a great time building the technology towers, which went on display in a variety of locations including the Towngate Theatre as part of the Basildon at 70 celebrations.

Frazer Merrick - Signals Media
Laura and Frazer taking a well earned rest