The creative spotlight shines on young artists from Newington Primary School in Ramsgate with their work on show in public over the coming weeks.
Pupils across the age groups have been studying a range of diverse artists including the cubist influenced graffiti painting of Romero Britto, pop artist Andy Warhol, and abstract master Wassily Kandinsky.
They have created their own artwork in styles they have chosen to emulate with a range with an array of colourful and imaginative images being produced.
Each class will select a winning picture that will then be entered into the Margate Rotary Club’s annual schools art exhibition that will be featured at Sainsbury’s superstore at Westwood Cross between April 22-28. The exhibition theme this year is ‘My Special World’.
Meanwhile older pupils have been creating a large mural depicting their love of the town. The finished piece will be displayed at the Arts in Ramsgate (AiR) event on Easter Sunday and a graffiti-proof copy of the finished piece will be placed on the seaside Rainbow Steps that run from the clifftop Victoria Promenade to the main sands as part of the ongoing initiative to celebrate art and further rejuvenate this area on the Ramsgate seafront.
In contrast to displaying their work in the community, the Newington art pupils are also creating their own galleries in classes around the school in the coming weeks.
Teacher Charlie Searle said: “The art exhibitions are a fantastic way of celebrating the creative side of our Newington curriculum.
“These give the children the opportunity to display a framed piece of their art work to their parents and other adults, as a real artist would.
“The range of art skills and techniques on show at these exhibitions, both internal and external, are staggering. The children have really enjoyed following a whole art process: gathering ideas, practising skills and techniques, utilising these skills to create their finished art work and then evaluating their masterpiece.”
Head Teacher Cliff Stokes praised the way that all pupils have been encouraged to explore their creativity. He said: “We are proud of what they achieve and they are as well – celebrating achievement is part of our ethos.
“Giving them the opportunity to put their work on show in school and as part of wider community events is very important as it shows them just what can be achieved with dedication and enthusiasm as they develop their skills.
“We are happy to support any idea that continues the rejuvenation of the town’s seafront, such as the colourful Rainbow Steps.”