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Painters help to inspire talented pupils during art week

PUBLISHED: 09:50 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 26 January 2018

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Oliver and Charlie with their work.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Oliver and Charlie with their work. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Creative pupils at a Lowestoft primary school have been inspired by the works of world famous painters.

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSt Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Studying the likes of L S Lowry, Claude Monet, Maggi Hambling and Yves Klein, proud children at St Margaret’s Primary Academy were all smiles as their works were showcased in a special exhibition at the end of a successful art week.

Marion McKoy, a design and technology, art and music leader at the academy in Church Road, said the art week took place from January 8 to 12.

“We had specialist art teacher Jack Brown, who came into to school to teach us about painting,” Mrs McKoy said.

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSt Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“He worked with all the classes on things like brush control, primary, secondary and tertiary colours, how to mix colours and so forth.”

With each class having a painter to focus on for their inspiration, Reception pupils looked at how the artist L S Lowry used buildings, people and dark colours to portray industrial England.

Year 2 youngsters were inspired by the French painter Claude Monet, as they created “sunset castle paintings, a bit like Monet’s Houses of Parliament painting.”

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Rhian with some of the work.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSt Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Rhian with some of the work. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In Year 4, the classes produced work to match their current ‘potions’ topic, as they assessed artist Yves Klein.

Famous for using his own monochrome paint colour, the pupils were inspired to create their own paint colour, which was used to decorate their potion bottle sketches. Pupils in Year 5 explored different drawing techniques as they developed illustrations for their book covers.

The week culminated in a whole school exhibition on January 12, as the works were showcased to about 200 parents.

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSt Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Mrs McKoy said: “Our goal was that we wanted every child represented in our own exhibition on the final day of art week.

“This was an after school exhibition, where about 200 parents came in and had a look. It was beautiful – I was really impressed with the quality of work that they produced in class time.”

Also on display at the exhibition was a quilt, which was a combination of circles created by Year 1 pupils that was put together to make a final design.

St Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Niall pictured with his work.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSt Margaret's Primary Academy art week. Niall pictured with his work. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Mrs McKoy added: “We had some great feedback, which was really nice, and we plan to do an art week every term.”


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