There was model behaviour as students got creative with clay

Pupils showed their arty side as they helped to kick-start the Calder Valley events at the 2013 Ted Huges Festival.

Thirty pupils from Scout Road and Burnley Road Academies, Mytholmroyd, and Cragg Vale Primary School attended a sculpture workshop hosted by sculptor Kenny Hunter.

Sculpture workshop with Kenny Hunter, for Ted Hughes Festival, at St Michael's church hall, Mytholmroyd, pictured with Hannah Alker and Max Rowntree, from Cragg Vale School

Sculpture workshop with Kenny Hunter, for Ted Hughes Festival, at St Michael's church hall, Mytholmroyd, pictured with Hannah Alker and Max Rowntree, from Cragg Vale School

The event, held at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, saw youngsters modelling various animals in clay.

Kenny’s sculpture of a hawk, inspired by Ted Hughes’ poem ‘Hawk’, was recently erected on the canal side at Hawksclough near Mytholmroyd and its creator’s class proved a hit.

A festival spokesperson said: “Kenny was heard to comment on the great concentration skills of the Mytholmroyd children as they ignored the noisy weather and focused on turning lumps of clay into brilliant model animals.”