Lexie brushes up her art skills

Lexie Wilson's winning painting I care about Japan.
Lexie Wilson's winning painting I care about Japan.

A WOOLER schoolgirl has been brushing up on her art skills and scooped a national prize.

Ten-year-old Lexie Wilson won the award in the Upper Junior age group at the Junior Painter of the Year awards, whose finals were recently held at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Lexie Wilson in the Cafe Gallery at the Royal Academy of arts by her winning painting. � Kerstin Hacker/Sightsavers.

Lexie Wilson in the Cafe Gallery at the Royal Academy of arts by her winning painting. � Kerstin Hacker/Sightsavers.

Lexie, a pupil at Westfield School for Girls in Gosforth, wowed the judges with her depiction of the Japanese Tsunami of 2011, as the competition theme this year, was I Care About...

Her painting depicted those affected by the disaster as bright, bold symbols, which were placed over a dried paint collage of the disaster.

It was the third year in a row that pupils from Westfield have walked away with one of the top prizes

The school’s art tutor, Amanda Rabey-Wilson, accompanied Lexie to London to collect her prize and see her piece go on display at the Royal Academy.

“I’m tremendously proud to see another Westfield pupil gain top honours in this competition,” she said.

“This is now the third year running we have celebrated great success in a contest which attracts many thousands of entrants.

“It’s so thrilling to see the girls’ work recognised in this way and go on display in such a prestigious and world-renowned venue.”

Fellow Westfield pupil Lucy Hatton, 11, was a runner-up in the competition, with Jessica Lancley, aged ten, also highly commended.

The competition was held in conjunction with Sightsavers, a charity which works to try to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world.

The charity has recently launched the Young Painter of the Year 2012 and with pupils encouraged to create tactile paintings, the Royal Academy’s prestigious gallery will be doing away with its no touch policy and allowing visitors to feel the winning entries when they go on display this autumn.

The theme for the competition’s seventh year will be i:dream.