Ripples and reflections

The art exhibition at St Michael's CofE First School in Alnwick.
The art exhibition at St Michael's CofE First School in Alnwick.
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Parents, carers and friends were invited into St Michael’s CofE First School in Alnwick to view a very special exhibition called Ripples and Reflections.

The exhibition is a culmination of a major art project led by the school’s own artist in residence – Katherine Renton.

Headteacher Gavin Johnston said: “Katherine has inspired us to think about different ways of capturing the mood of the sea using a variety of techniques.

“Some of our children visited her exhibition in Newbiggin and had a tour by Katherine herself. Others looked at techniques by the French impressionists and the American artist John Marin.

“The work by the whole school was displayed thoughtfully using a range of coloured fabrics and papers and punctuated by pebbles and shells.

“Each child had already created and painted a clay fish. These were featured on a rippling stream ’gushing’ through the hall. Some of the artwork was framed in driftwood segments, which really gave a flavour of the sea.

“Katherine described the work that we had carried out and everyone had a super time viewing the amazing art on display.”

He added: “Drinks and nibbles were on hand for everyone and feedback was extremely positive – we are so proud of the achievements of all of our children and continue to promote the arts in school to ensure our children are well-rounded and creative individuals.”