Springvale introduce the ‘Tree of Life’ designed by the’Class of 2017′
Settling into a new environment, whether at work, college or school, can be a bit of a challenge for everyone, and it’s no different for the learners at Springvale Learning.
Getting to know each other was made easier last week in a unique art project designed to showcase the creativity of the ‘Class of 2017’, and to have some fun at the same time.
Each new learner at the campus was given the task of creating a piece of artwork, in the form of a tree decoration, that they felt illustrated something about themselves and their lives, as they begin their training journey at Springvale.
The decorations have now become part of a tree mural which has pride of place in the Springvale Learning foyer, with each learner’s decoration symbolising a leaf on the Springvale Tree of Life. The art initiative gave learners the opportunity to showcase their talents, ambitions, personal hobbies and feelings resulting in a vibrant art display, which is on show every day in the building, helping the learners to feel part of the organisation.
Springvale’s Director of Compliance and Business Services, Lorraine Kelly, had the idea and began researching materials to engage learners to illustrate something important in their life.
Lorraine explained, “We wanted to create a place in Springvale where our new learners could make something that would give them a sense of belonging. During the project the learners were fully involved, they thoroughly enjoyed creating their own, unique pieces. The groups mixed well and the exercise allowed them to speak about some of the important things in their lives – music, clubs, holidays, family etc. Staff even got involved too and created their own decorative piece along with their learners. It was very enjoyable to be involved in. I am delighted with how the tree looks and am extremely proud of every one of our learners and what they have contributed to this beautiful, colourful display.’
Computer Technology learner Brian Gillen designed a scenic view of mountains and explains why, “When we were asked to do this, I wasn’t really sure what I would draw, so I started to paint a blue sky and this took me straight back to my trip to the North Coast this summer. I remember the view of the mountains across the sea so vividly and found it so breath-taking. This was my inspiration for my design.’
Joinery Learner John Carlisle designed a St Johns Ambulance symbol and explains, ‘I am a Level 2 First Aider and a part of the Grove Division in North Belfast. I have been in the division for 11 years so it is a big part of my life outside of Springvale.”
Joinery Learner Che McAreavey explains his smiley face emoji decoration, “I drew this picture because I am happy and always want to be.”
The tree is available to view at the bottom of the foyer all year.
October 25th, 2017