John Bryne Drawing Competition

Thursday 16th March 2017

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.

1The exhibition

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.

4 Charlotte with her parents

5 Chloe and her proud parents

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.

8 Charlottes drawing

8a Chloes drawing

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.

14 some advice from a master

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.

13 in good company

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.

10 Charlotte and Chloe with Jo

Our thanks go to Education Scotland for delivering a competition that showcases the wonderful creativity of Scottish children.

6 Charlotte deep in thought

7enjoying the exhibition

11 Charlotte and John Byrne

12 Charlotte and the artist

15 some of the winners

Ms Wood

Jules Birdsall, 20/03/2017