I am delighted to be able to announce that the winning house of this year’s House Art Competition is Seacole! This year, Aesops’s Fables provided the stimulus for the children’s artwork. The children were challenged with the task of illustrating a story, a different fable for each year group and each using different media.
Reception children listened to the ‘Lion and the Mouse’ and then created huge collages of lion heads with ripped paper and oil pastel. Year 1 children used oil pastels and an ink wash to draw stunning running hares from the story, ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’. In Year 2, the children listened to ‘The Goose and the Golden Egg’ and then, using white chalk and fine liner pens, sketched beautiful geese in the long grass. Reflections was the theme for Year 3; the pupils coloured their illustrations in felt pens and folded it in half onto a wet page to create a reflection, showing the dog looking at his bone in the river from the fable, ‘The Dog and his Bone’. ‘The Boy who cried Wolf’ provided the inspiration for pupils in Year 4; they used watercolour pencils to illustrate a scene of their choice and in Year 5, pupils heard ‘The Sheep and the Pig’ and considered what it is to be truly brave, before creating delightful watercolour paintings to illustrate the story. Following on from their work on Tudor miniature portraits, Year 6 pupils drew tiny portraits of the Town and Country Mice in pencil.
All work was judged by Miss Lawrance, Mrs Hitchin and myself and every picture was awarded 1, 2 or 3 house points. I took the excellent artwork from Year 1 to 6 (receiving 3 house points) to Risborough Gallery where Stephen Aldus, the gallery owner, looked over the work and chose his favourites. He commended or highly commended his favourite pieces, earning them further house points: 4 if commended and 5 house points if highly commended. This was very kind of Stephen as he was right in the middle of a move from his gallery in Princess Risborough. He is now developing his business online, selling rare signed film & prop memorabilia. Here is a link to his website: http://www.risbgallery.com/about-risborough-gallery .
The following children should be congratulated on their excellent entries; their work was commended (C) or highly commended (HC) by Stephen Aldus and can be viewed in the art room so please do come and take a look at their stunning efforts!
Alexander M HC
Will F HC