Gastrells Primary School held their first ever Summer Art Exhibition, celebrating the artistic talent from across the whole school in a gallery that showcased more than 700 artworks.
From ceramics, collage and embroidery to acrylics, water-colour and glue painting, the children at Gastrells have excelled in exploring so many mediums and applying new and often complicated techniques to their work.
Exhibition co-ordinator, Rachel Mahaffy commented: “We are so very proud of all of our young artists. It is a joy to see how engaged and passionate our children are about art and we strongly felt that their efforts deserved to be celebrated. Many of the children have such a natural talent and apply such a depth of maturity to their artwork, we can’t wait to see what their artistic future holds.”
More than 300 visitors attended the exhibition and Gastrells now intends to make this event a firm part of their annual calendar. Leo and Mia were declared ‘Artists of the Year’ for KS1 and KS2 and went home with a trophy and watercolour palette. Other artists who were recognised for their achievements and presented with a rosette and golden paintbrush included Joy and Idris in KS1 and Arthur, Mather and Xander in KS2.
Head Teacher Katie Merriman said: “Art is such an accessible subject for all children, regardless of challenges that they may face in other areas of their education. Gastrells is passionate about offering our children a chance to shine in all areas of their learning and we are committed to developing our exciting and diverse art curriculum each year.”