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Artist Nicola


Life in Lockdown - Frithwood Primary, Jasmine  Life in Lockdown, Frithwood Primary #1  Life in Lockdown - Frithwood Primary #2  Life in Lockdown - Frithwood Primary #3

Nicola Bedenham's brother and his Turning 50 painting for Grayson Perry's Art Club  My mum socially distancing in her garden - Nicola Bedenham  When my cat jumped on my shoulder - Nicola Bedenham  Let's put a stop to this

Nicola Bedenham is the art teacher at Frithwood Primary School and worked throughout the pandemic supporting key worker children. She also set online art projects for the whole school do to at home.

‘It was lovely having email contact with our families during lockdown and seeing all the wonderful pieces of artwork the children had made ’

‘The children created so much amazing art during the first lockdown, including rainbows on windows, life size famous party guests they would like to invite for an imaginary party, sculptures made from nature and much more  besides, but my favourite was the Pop art Covid-19 comic strip in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.’

Through this project the children told their stories and experiences during the first lockdown.

‘I loved working with my keyworker bubble, but it did feel strange not saying goodbye to all the children in school like normal at the end of the summer term. They were all in separate class bubbles and no one could mix.’ 

‘I also created artwork during lockdown, relating to things that happened to me during this time. My brother turned 50 during the pandemic and I decided to make him a party of famous people from cardboard, as no real parties were allowed. I was inspired after watching Grayson Perry’s T.V. show called Art Club. I painted a picture of him surrounded by people he has met or admires. It also includes my cat and an owl, which is a reference to his favourite poem by Edward Lear.  He loves his painting and the memory of his lockdown birthday.’ 

Other artwork shown is a painting of Nicola’s mother, when only garden visits were allowed, titled ‘Don’t stand so close to me’ and a memory of the day she was taking photos of flowers in her garden and her cat jumped up and sat on her shoulder, titled ‘ Garden boss’.

During the end of lockdown, Nicola completed and published a children’s book inspired by experiences that happened in her childhood. It champions children that feel different and is called ‘I am Fabulous’. It has an art project included so everyone can join in and celebrate who they are. It is available to buy on Amazon.


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