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School news: Gastrells showcase artistic talent

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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.” 

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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.”

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