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Creative Minds Run Riot During Artist’s Visit To School

St Hilda’s

Young artists from St Hilda’s School practised their powers of expression and creativity when artist Sharon Gee visited the school last week.

The event at the school in High Street, Bushey, gave pupils the opportunity to discuss their own works of art with the acclaimed artist, whose work White Lace currently features among the private collection of the Queen Mother at Clarence House in London.

The visit was organised by the school’s art co-ordinator, Mrs Beatrice Cofield, as part of National Arts Day, supported by Duffield Art Awards and The Tate Modern. She says it is her ongoing objective to fuse the artistic and musical talents of pupils at the school.

During her visit, Ms Gee - renowned in the world of modern art for her use of light and colour - spoke to pupils about the motivation and meaning behind their individual creations.

Ms Gee, whose own inspirations stem from her deep interest in the five senses - sight, sound, touch, taste and smell - said she was overwhelmed by the quality of work produced by pupils across all year groups.

As part of her visit, she also presented signed certificates to more than ten pupils at the school.

Ms Gee said: "I think it is extremely important to encourage pupils to explore their creative and artistic talents as much as possible.

"There is, and always has been, so much emphasis on the academic side of education. It is great to see an initiative such as this put in place, which incorporates self expression and creativity within the ordinary curriculum."

Mrs Cofield, who during her time as arts co-ordinator has tried to establish a fusion between the visual arts and music through concerts and art exhibitions, added: "All children are talented.

"Their right to express themselves must be placed at the centre of learning in schools."
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