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Diss High School pupils at their recent exhibition
Diss High School pupils at their recent exhibition

Pupils from Diss High School are celebrating after holding a successful exhibition in the town.

The Year 8 pupils designed work with an Eastern European theme to celebrate and learn about the culture.

The exhibition, called Eastern European Arts and Crafts, was held at designermarkers21 in St Nicholas Street between June 28 and July 6.

“The theme of the exhibition celebrated the cultural backgrounds of a lot of members of our community,” said art teacher Vasavi Koka.

“The aim was to give the students a new appreciation of Eastern European cultures by teaching them the different artistic techniques used in Eastern European crafts.

“The students worked particularly hard producing Eastern European-inspired artwork, exploring craft from a variety of countries in the region.

“We began the project lookintg at the Polish craft technique of wycinanki, which originated with shepherds carefully cutting elaborate folk art designs out of tree bark and leather.

“During Easter, the students were also introduced to the very elaborate pysanka, which translates to Ukranian Easter egg.

“Traditionally, these eggs were decorated rather intricately, with traditional Ukranian folk designs using a wax resin method.

“They also studied pajaki, the most common type of which was made from a gathering of wheat tied to one end and, when opened, the grain formed a lacy border. This type of pajaki was known as the dzaid, and hung over the table on Christmas Eve.”

Former Diss High School pupil Debbie Castro curated the exhibition along with Miss Koka. Debbie is working towards her Gold Arts Award at The Corn Hall.

The venue offers a number of projects which give young people the opportunity to achieve an Arts Award, as part of its community, education and outreach work.

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