[Q]ueen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith has mounted an exhibition of students’ work at Cranstons Food Hall in the town.
The series of landscapes featured in the exhibition was created by year 12 art students, using acrylics and palette knives only. Inspired by the work of local photographer Ken Bonsor, they feature views of the Lake District and Northern Scotland. All the exhibited students are taking art at A-level, and several hope to go on to study art at university.
Martha Stephenson, one of the artists whose work is featured, said: “These landscapes are the first piece of work we did in the Sixth Form and it was a good piece to start with – a real challenge to create a piece without using a brush. I’m proud to see my work up in public; it’s nice people want to look at it.”
Mrs Helen Sadowski, Head of Art at QEGS, said: “We are very grateful to Cranstons for exhibiting our students’ work again. It gives our students a public platform to show off not just their skills but also the expertise within the school’s art department, and we are often approached by members of the public wanting to buy the work.
“Art is all about wellbeing; for the artist and the audience. It lets people express themselves, to see and appreciate the beauty in things. Not everyone will be an artist but there is creativity within everyone waiting to be tapped into.”
The exhibition is on display in Café Oswald until Christmas.