Kids show a lot of art

Artist Darren Mundy with Barnard Grove Primary School pupils (left to right) Cameron Wilford, Sadie French, Carlita Leighton, Scott Hornsey, Adele Miller and Joel Cox.
Artist Darren Mundy with Barnard Grove Primary School pupils (left to right) Cameron Wilford, Sadie French, Carlita Leighton, Scott Hornsey, Adele Miller and Joel Cox.

YOUNGSTERS worked with an accomplished artist who inspired them to create their own pieces for an exhibition at their school.

Darren Mundy spent a day working with 36 pupils from Barnard Grove Primary School, in Hartlepool.

He showed the youngsters how he makes his “Hilltown” canvas paintings, which feature quirky and vibrant scenes of houses and hills, both from Neil’s imagination and of the North-East.

The 36 children then made their own before passing on their newly-learned skills to the other youngsters, so every child created a “Hilltown” painting, which was then displayed in an exhibition.

Darren, from North Shields, said: “Hilltown is about telling stories without painting people, with houses and hills, in a simple way.”

He said he was impressed by the work created by the Barnard Grove pupils.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“The children were great and they have taken my basic ideas and techniques and applied their own techniques, adding birds and clouds and it shows their imagination.”

Class teacher Rebecca Redshaw said: “There were 36 of our lucky children who were chosen to take part in a workshop with Darren.

“The children created their very own Hilltown canvas paintings.

“The children then became the teachers. They taught their class how to create a Darren Mundy painting.

“The whole school then created their own Hilltown painting.

“The masterpieces were then displayed in our very own gallery. It was really exciting to have the gallery opened by Darren Mundy himself.

“The children were both creative and imaginative with their paintings. It was lovely to see such enthusiasm for art across the whole school.”