Students from Teignmouth Community School Exeter Road last week had the privilege to work with local artist Amy McCarthy in creating a piece of recycled art for the up and coming TRAIL Art exhibition that is being displayed across Teignmouth seafront this summer.

Supported by The Helen Foundation, with items gifted from the Teignmouth Sea Cadets, the students got their creative juices flowing to fashion a massive fish out of two disused boats, sails, and other discarded materials that can be found in the ocean.

The students worked with Amy in coming up with the concept, design and final look of the piece, with the finished sculpture being something of an amazing sight which they are all extremely proud of.

Ellie Wilson, Art and Photography teacher at TCS Exeter Road, headed up the project.

She said: ‘This has been a great opportunity for us as a school to work with the community.

‘The students have worked with a local artist and built something that we rarely get the opportunity to do.

‘The idea of producing something environmental is important to us a school as well as Amy and the students have thrived.

‘We have cut, sprayed, glued and rolled to produce this piece all of which the Year 7 and 8 students involved should be very proud of. It has been a joy.

‘Thank you again to The Helen Foundation for the ongoing support, as this would not have been on such a big scale without them.

‘Thank you to the Sea Cadets, Charlie Bass in particular, for providing us with boats and flags. It’s great to work together.

‘And of course Mr Hawker in Technology for bringing in the big tools and making it become real.’

The exhibition is running throughout the summer holidays right through until October, with the aim of raising awareness of environmental issues through recycled art.