Foundation Phase case study: Carmarthenshire

Project summary

Inspired by Gareth Hugh Davies’ work, the project focused on the theme of tracks, trails and shadows. Sessions in school before visiting the gallery gave children confidence in responding to the paintings. Activity ideas then emerged from the children’s responses. Mark­making led into three­dimensional work, on a large and small scale, outdoors and inside. On a second visit to the same exhibition, children responses were clearly heightened by their own creative experiences. To capture evidence of outcomes, early years staff and artist took photographs, noted comments and recorded discussions.


  • School: Richmond Park Primary, Carmarthen (nursery and reception groups) 
  • Gallery: Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen (exhibiting large paintings by Gareth Hugh Davies) 
  • Artist: Helen Astley (ceramicist)