Brush with young talent at primary school art show
CHILDREN from a Plympton school hosted their very own art exhibition displaying the work of all the pupils aged between four and 11.
The show was the grand finale for Chaddlewood Primary School following a successful bid to host a Masterpiece for the day – an original self-portrait by Plympton artist Sir Joshua Reynolds.
The portrait had not been removed from the premises of the City Museum and Art Gallery for over 25 years.
Funding came from both the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC.
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The children's work was displayed in the school's main halls for parents, school governors and invited guests to see. Guests included those from the Sir Joshua Reynolds Women's Institute, Plympton Civic Society, Plymouth City Museum and representatives from Plymouth City Council, all of whom were given guided tours by the children.
The vast array of work on display included self-portraits, Reynolds' style portraits, 3D sculptures of modern day celebrities and studies tracking down Reynolds' paintings across the world.
Year 5 teacher Nicky Barron-Robinson said: "We were absolutely delighted with how well this event was supported."
She said how important it was for the school to have the opportunity to showcase the children's hard work:
"The feedback from invited guests was so positive; not just about the beautiful displays but also about the children's enthusiasm and politeness when they gave the guided tours. They really did us proud."