A Sudbury children’s author and illustrator has teamed up with a local artist to re-energise a local school by painting a new mural.
Children’s author Rebecca Elliott decided, along with friend and Great Cornard artist Jonathan Sandford, who both have sons that attend the school, to re-paint a “tired” old mural at Tudor Primary School.
“We pass the mural every day and mentioned that we could redo it,” said Mrs Elliott.
“I happened to mention it in front of a teacher, so there was no going back.”
The pair then set about designing what could go on the wall, before creating the new masterpiece across seven mornings throughout the school holidays, volunteering their time and skills for free.
Mrs Elliott admitted the project was daunting at first, being used to small projects and book covers, not 12-metre walls, but she said she was really pleased with the final outcome.
“We decided to go with British animals,” said the 36-year-old. “Often, children seem to know more about African animals than our own.”
The mural does contain some degree of artistic license, with woodland bears and wolves included, and the bear even pictured wearing a hat.
Mrs Elliot said she hoped the mural would “fire up” the pupils’ imaginations and would become a focal point in their work and play.
“The school environment plays a big part in how children enjoy their lives,” she said. “If you improve the building, you improve the learning, too.
“What stands out about Tudor is just how friendly and lovely a place it is.”