On Thursday Charlotte, in Form 3 and Chloe-Marie in Form 8, travelled to Paisley accompanied by their parents and their very proud art teacher.
We had been invited to the third annual John Byrne Drawing Competition prize winner’s presentation. Again thousands of children had been inspired by John Byrne’s call to pick up a pencil and draw.
Our two artists were among 20 children who had caught the judge’s eye and now feature in the exhibition of work currently on display in Paisley Museum. It certainly was interesting to see the diversity of drawing on display and it was lovely to see the girls work framed and hung in the Victorian museum.
Charlotte and Chloe received their certificates from John Byrne who was utterly charming and was quite obviously engaged with both our artists and their work.
Indeed he had been running a few minutes late as he simply couldn’t tear himself away from a drawing workshop that some local children were enjoying on the floor below the gallery. It is so refreshing to see one of our most prolific national artists very much encouraging a new generation to enjoy his passion of drawing.
Our girls were a credit to both their parents and to St Mary’s in their modest acceptance of praise and in the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the day.
Our thanks go to Education Scotland for delivering a competition that showcases the wonderful creativity of Scottish children.
Jules Birdsall, 20/03/2017