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Year 5 artists showcase creativity at SGS exhibition

Pupils with their artwork at the 2023 Year 5 Art Competition

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Stockport Grammar School Year 5 Art Competition welcomed 127 artists from 18 local primary schools to an exhibition evening to showcase their work to family and friends.

The theme of ‘self-portrait’ once again produced some spectacular work, with the children interpreting the brief in a range of imaginative ways including famous faces on map backdrops, out of this world pastels and clay portraits. The judges were bowled over by the high quality and care put into the pieces and found it very difficult to choose winners. All artists were congratulated on being chosen to represent their schools.

However there had to be an overall winner, Meg G from Torkington Primary School wowed with her self-portrait which showed a fantastic level of skill when using paint to create tone, in a painting that captured attention.

Runner up prizes were awarded to Lily H from Oldfield Brow Primary School and Parker F from Lady Barn House School. Lily created a portrait that used pastel really effectively to capture a lovely simple likeness reminiscent of the work of Modigliani. Parker produced a beautiful example of 3D sculpture work decorated in stunning colours.

Head of Art and Design Technology Mr Richard Davies commented: “It was fantastic seeing the range of media and artist references that had been used to respond to the theme of self-portrait. The standard was incredibly high and all the children who entered can be very proud of their work.”

During the evening, the children also enjoyed taking part in art activities led by SGS Art students and sampled the delicious home-made bakes from the SGS kitchen. Artists went home with a ‘goody bag’ which included art equipment to help them continue to capture their creativity for others to enjoy.