Art students dig down in the sand at beach festival | Weston College

Art students dig down in the sand at beach festival

Talented Creative Arts students worked alongside international artists to create spectacular sandcastles ahead of Weston-super-Mare’s annual Sand Sculpture Festival.

The students, all of whom are studying Art, were helping to put the finishing touches to this year’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ themed event, featuring fairy tale castles and scenes from Narnia, Beatrix Potter, Rapunzel and more.

Becky Hardley, 17, from Weston, is studying for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design and was working on the lower part of a spectacular castle.

She said: “This has been a very good experience. I have a learned a lot of techniques, and have had a great time experimenting with the sand.”

Zoe Connelly, 16, and Skye Anfield, 17, both from Weston, are also doing the Level 3 Diploma Art and Design course, and were working on the other side of the lower part of the same fairy tale castle.

Zoe said: “I have been really enjoying it. It’s been great to get some experience alongside real professional artists”.

Stuart Rush, 20, and Charlie Mundy, 20, both from Weston are both in the second year of a Contemporary Art and Professional Studies Degree, and both want to become professional artists/painters.

They worked on some cup cakes for the Alice in Wonderland scene at the sculpture festival, but also worked on a project of their own, creating a wolf from scratch.

Charlie said: “It has been a great experience, working alongside professional sculptors.”

Stuart said: “It’s been great to get involved in something which uses multiple skills which will help with our own drawing work.”

The Sand Sculpture Festival was officially opened by the Mayor on Maundy Thursday and College staff members Sue Estcourt and Christopher Batt were invited to the event as representatives of the College.

Festival organisers gave the students and the College as a whole a big thank you as part of the official speeches.

The Sand Sculpture Festival runs from now until October 5, 2014. For more information please visit

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