SLIDESHOW: Students’ art from four Hartlepool schools

TALENTED teenagers have put their work on show after spending the summer creating fantastic pieces of art.

The works of students from four Hartlepool secondary schools have gone on display.

English Martyrs pupil Molly Brydie and some of artwork

English Martyrs pupil Molly Brydie and some of artwork

And the public can view the excellent pieces which are now on show at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College. They remain on show for more than a fortnight.

All of it has the theme of The Baltic and the Bridges and was created during a study day at Newcastle Quayside in which dozens of Hartlepool youngsters took part.

Jeremy Gribben, English Martyrs’ head of art and design, said the annual project had been a success for years and this was no exception.

“For over 15 years now Hartlepool has embraced and reaped the measurable benefits of taking part in the annual joint secondary schools summer school.”

Students from English Martyrs as well as High Tunstall College of Science, St Hild’s CE Secondary School and Dyke House Sports and Technology College were involved.

Mr Gribben added: “All the heads of departments agreed that the summer schools have a direct correlation in the students either meeting or exceeding their individual school target grades, and this year was no different.”

Fifty students from Year 10, chosen from each of the schools which offer GCSE and BTEC art subjects, headed to the Quayside for a study day where they sketched and took photographs.

Mr Gribben said: “We were then given guided tours of current exhibitions in the Baltic. The summer school took place over five days and the work completed is of a very high standard.”

The week also included a series of workshops covering ceramics, textiles, fine art, photography and Ipad digital painting.

Mr Gribben said: “The week proved to be a resounding success and the students gained much from their experience. They were a credit to their. It was a joy to be able to teach them.”

An exhibition of the completed artworks is now on show in a gallery at English Martyrs. It will remain on display until November 15 and it is open to the public.

Once it finishes, the students will “then take their work away and it will be used as part of their coursework for GCSE and I wish them every success in that for this year,” said Mr Gribben.