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School Artists Express Themselves

Sunday, 01 March 2009

Nine pupils from the Girls' Division of Bolton School are to have their artistic masterpieces published in the first School Artists' Express Yourself Portfolio 2009. The girls' entries, which came from pupils aged 11-18, were chosen from more than 6,000 applications.

A series of portfolios will be produced which showcase pupils' creative talent. The A4 books will be beautifully produced, with full colour artwork accompanied by a biography about the artist on each page, including what the inspiration was behind each artist's work.

Rosie Brown, a Year 12 student, said that the inspiration behind her piece of art - Words Can't Bring Me Down - was herself: "My work is all about expressing yourself through Art - it is about doing something positive when you are feeling down instead of doing something negative."

Other pieces that will be published are Shadee Shahabi's work entitled Four Emotions; Amy Devine's Anger; Azra Makkan's work called Lonely; Reena Ardeshana's Contemplation; Reflection by Olivia Brown; Gemma Fairclough's work called Yesterday; and Kelsey Oldbury's Resignation. Piu San Hu, who is no longer at Bolton School, submitted a piece called Elation.

Each pupil that entered the competition received a Staedtler pencil. The School judged to have sent the best selection of artwork will receive the £1,000 first prize and creative art packs will be awarded for some of the best individual work. The School Artists' Portfolio 2009 will be published on 31 May 2009.

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Six of the best: these students

Six of the best: these students' work will be published