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Jago Hartland & lionArt student Jago Hartland is busy putting the finishing touches to his A-level project – a full-sized sculpture of a lion.

Jago, a sixth form student at Farmor’s School in Fairford, is working with the Ernest Cook Trust to create his ambitious artwork.

The Trust, based on the Fairford Estate next door to the school, gives children and young people the opportunity to learn from the land with free school visits and a wide range of education programmes.

Jago’s two-metre-long sculpture, built around a steel frame and carved from sections of insulation board and expanding foam, is almost complete. ECT Education Officer and sculptor Peter Tatham has been overseeing and advising on the project.

The 18-year-old, from Somerford Keynes near Cirencester, said: “My art teachers are really pleased with it – it’s been brilliant and great fun to work on. I’d really like to thank ECT for giving me the space, expertise and resources to work on this.”

Jago Hartland & lionECT’s head of education Anne Newman said: “We specialise in working with schools to take learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors, everything from teaching younger pupils in Forest School, to field trips or specialised river studies for secondary school students.

“It’s been lovely seeing Jago’s artwork taking shape over the past few weeks – this project is a really innovative addition to our outdoor learning programmes.”

When finished, Jago hopes to exhibit his artwork at school. To see a video of his sculpture taking shape, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzX5GxgHrBY

17/02/2016