Youngsters fascinated as artist visits school

Mary Ann Rogers working with a group of pupils.
Mary Ann Rogers working with a group of pupils.

Thropton Village First School was delighted to welcome the well-known artist Mary Ann Rogers on Monday.

She worked with small groups of children, demonstrating the fun you can have using watercolours and all the different techniques you can use to create different effects, including blowing and splattering.

Annabelle concentrating with Mary Ann Rogers.

Annabelle concentrating with Mary Ann Rogers.

Flora Cann, assistant headteacher, said: “The children loved watching the watercolour paint move on the paper and they used their imaginations to say what they thought the pictures represented.”

Mary Ann then demonstrated some of her infamous cockerels and ducks for the children, quickly creating fantastic paintings which looked like the animals were running and moving. “The children were mesmerised watching her transform the plain piece of paper into a piece of art,” added Miss Cann.

The children enjoyed asking Mary Ann a range of questions from how many paintings have you done to how did you learn to paint so well?

She told the pupils that as a child she enjoyed drawing and would spend a lot of time looking at things like leaves and then drawing them. She also enjoyed drawing her animals at home. It wasn’t until she was 21 that she got some watercolour paints and discovered the range of effects she could create.

She really inspired me because she is such a good painter and I would like to be a painter when I grow up,' said Hannah, age eight.

She really inspired me because she is such a good painter and I would like to be a painter when I grow up,' said Hannah, age eight.

Mary Ann’s visit and her paintings of animals tied in with the school’s topic for this half-term – why is farming so important? The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about how farming has changed and developed over the years and spent time looking at where their food comes from.