Students get creative and back Elmer’s Big Parade

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One has started painting the town red by taking part in an exciting local art project.

Two students are currently using their talents to paint one of the works of art that will be used during Elmer's Big Parade.

The parade or trail – will raise money for the local St Elizabeth Hospice charity – and is run in partnership with Wild at Art and Andersen Press.

In addition to raising cash for the benevolent cause, Elmer's Big Parade aims to encourage visitors to Ipswich and the county in general, creating a financial boost to local businesses and the local economy.

The students from One are currently in the process of transforming one of the Elmer's that will be seen on the trail.

Their decoration will create an homage to various iconic children's books.

18 year old Laura Harle from Leiston is one of the artists involved. The level four art foundation student, said, "It's a fun task and we came up with the design ourselves. It's exciting to be part of the trail and I will proudly go and have a look at my work when the trail begins later in the year."

18 year old Emily Knock from Kesgrave is also involved. (Emily is also studying on the level four art foundation course). She said, "Hopefully people will be blown away by our work. It's great to be involved and I hope it encourages more people to come to Ipswich and the county. There is lots of hidden stuff here."

Teacher Emma Connolly, said, "We are proud to be involved in this community project that will raise crucial funds to help assist the great work of St Elizabeth Hospice. One is always keen to offer students opportunities to help bolster their skills and experiences. For example, as well as being involved in this project, our learners are also working on an exhibition that will help transform Ipswich for a period of two weeks in March. We will also be creating a Suffolk themed art exhibition later in the year that will coincide with Suffolk Day on 21 June 2019," she added.