Glimpse into our tropical future...

Youngsters at Hebden Royd Primary School have been working with local photographer and artist Jason Elliot to produce 'Climatepics', images of Hebden Bridge landmarks.
Youngsters at Hebden Royd Primary School have been working with local photographer and artist Jason Elliot to produce 'Climatepics', images of Hebden Bridge landmarks.

There has been much debate in recent years about global warming and the possible effects it might have on the planet in the future.

But pupils at a primary school have taken it a step further by creating images of what their town might look like as a result of rising temperatures.

Working with local artist and photographer Jason Elliott, youngsters in year six at Hebden Royd Primary School have produced “Climatepics” - pictures of upper Calder Valley landmarks imagined as if affected by global warming.

The artwork depicts dolphins swimming outside Gibson Mill, lions and tigers roaming around Stoodley Pike, and even sharks in the Rochdale Canal.

It’s the upper Calder Valley - but not as we know it!

Vanessa Kay, art teacher at the school, said: “The children have used their imaginations to turn the upper Calder Valley into a very surreal tropical landscape.”

Jason visited the school and showed the children how he produces his computer generated artwork.

After being inspired by what they saw, the youngsters decided to create their own “Climatepics” using photographs, collage and pencil drawing techniques.

Jason said: “I think the pictures are great.

“They were done with a lot of freedom and a lot of personal creativity has gone into each one of them.

“I think the work produced is a great testament to Vanessa being able to unshackle the minds of the kids and allow them real creative freedom.”

He said one of the aims of the project was to show the children that there is no good or bad in art.

“It’s perfectly acceptable to put a green rhino in a picture if you like it,” he said.

“That freedom from worrying about guidelines is a good way for kids to explore art.”

Headteacher Gretl Young thanked Jason and Vanessa for their efforts.

“The pictures are stunning,” she said.

“We are so chuffed with how professional the artwork looks.

“The kids have really loved the project.”

The artwork is currently on display at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The exhibition will run until the middle of August.