Pupils’ artis­tic tal­ent re­warded

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Three Aberdeen­shire pri­mary pupils’ artis­tic tal­ents have been recog­nised in a na­tional draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Thou­sands of bud­ding young artists from across Scot­land took part in the third John Byrne Com­pe­ti­tion, which is run in part­ner­ship with Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land and open to pupils from pri­mary four through to third year.

Char­lotte Ste­wart from The Gor­don Schools in Huntly was awarded the third prize and re­ceives an orig­i­nal print by the renowned artist and play­wright to keep.

Judges se­lected 30 young artists as run­ners up and they all re­ceive a unique John Byrne-de­signed cer­tifi­cate.

Scout Knight, also from The Gor­don Schools and Kinga Chodorek from Slains School, El­lon, were among those recog­nised for their work.

The award cer­e­mony took place at the Paisley Mu­seum last week where a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of com­pe­ti­tion en­tries will be dis­played un­til Easter.

Mr Byrne praised the girl’s cre­ativ­ity at the event and said: “The tal­ent this year has been out­stand­ing which made my job as a judge very dif­fi­cult in choos­ing the over­all win­ners.

“I’m pleased to award Char­lotte third place. Her ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity re­ally stood out dur­ing the judg­ing process.”

“I’m en­cour­aged by the stan­dard of all the art­work sub­mit­ted in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion; the out­stand­ing tal­ent has been re­mark­able. I hope pupils across Scot­land will con­tinue to har­ness their artis­tic skills and love for draw­ing.”

Vis­it­ing art teacher for The Gor­don schools, Hamish Baird, is thrilled that his pupils’ tal­ents have been recog­nised and said: “I’m very, very im­pressed that the girls got awards.

“Draw­ing is such a great skill to teach young­sters. They all en­joy draw­ing and it’s some­thing that should be back on the cur­ricu­lum.”

“Her ef­fort and cre­ativ­ity re­ally stood out dur­ing the judg­ing ”

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