And the Art prizes go to…

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2018 Art competition ‘Where is your happy place?’

Letters are arriving with schools today (Friday 18th May), to advise them of whose work has been selected for prizes, and whose work will appear in the exhibition (we will be publishing an online gallery on 18th June with ALL 300+ entries too so please do watch out for that).

But we can now reveal that the prize winners are as follows:

Category 1 (4-7 years)

 

1st Place

Putnoe Primary School

Demilade 

Space Rocket “This is my happy place because I like going on rockets. I like shiny stars. I like the moon because it is a circle. I painted my background grey and black then coloured my rockets in pastels and stuck it on”.

 

 

2nd Place

Putnoe Primary School

Brandon 

Firework Noise “Fireworks are my happy place because they make noise. I used glitter. The colours are yellow, blue, orange and pink. I like the colours fireworks make”.

 

3rd Place

Brickhill Primary

Laura 

Unicorn “A unicorn in a field with pretty flowers and some ponds”.

 

 

Commendation

St Johns Special School

Reuben 

The judges loved this piece, not least because Reuben refers to his friend Jasmine and in the picture below, she appears to be replying, naming him as one of her happy places.

 

Commendation

St Johns Special School

Jasmine 

 

Commendation

Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School

Luke 

 

 

CATEGORY 2 (7-11 years)

 

1st Place

Livingstone Primary School

Safi

 I chose the dragon as my spirit animal because dragons are really cool and they can fly which is amazing. Dragons are incredibly strong and can breathe fire. They are also good fighters!

 

 

2nd Place

Harrold Primary Academy

Joshua 

“Me in Gran Canaria having fun with my family”.

 

3rd Place

Bedford Preparatory School

Will 

Blakeney in Norfolk “I used acrylic paint on canvas. I’m most proud of the sunset and the colours I mixed. It took me two weeks to complete. I decided to collage words on the painting so it would show why Blakeney is my happy place”.

 

Commendation

Putnoe Primary School

Dane 

Chomp “I am happiest when I play with my pet hamster Chomp. When I have a bad day at school, I like to play with Chomp when I get home, and he makes me feel better. I decided to colour Chomp this this because all of the colour makes everything as one”.

 

Commendation

INDIVIDUAL ENTRY

Stanley 

The Stick Conquest “My name is Stanley, my artwork is about the Spanish Conquest in reverse. But with high tech machinery and many cunning devices”.

 

Commendation

Shortstown Primary School

Zuzanna 

Felted artwork.

 

Commendation

Harrold Primary Academy

Kieran 

“I love reading because reading different stories opens a whole new world. My favourite special place is reading a book”.

 

 

Commendation

Harrold Primary Academy

Isabella 

“Every time I’m sad I picture my mum cuddling me. If I win all credit’s to my mum for making me smile”.

CATEGORY 3 (11-14 years)

 

1st Place

Bedford Preparatory School

John 

“At work with my pastels Art makes me happy. I’ve used oil pastels and the scraffito technique and I am particularly proud of the skin. The background is orange so the skin tones enhance. I’ve applied complimentary and contrasting colours for a vibrant, warm feel”.

 

2nd Place

Goldington Academy

Muhktar 

Ceramic Hamsa Hand

 

3rd Place

Sharnbrook Academy

Dylan 

 

 

CATEGORY 4 (14-16 years)

 

1st Place

Wootton Upper School

Ruby 

“Nature is my happy place because it gives you an unimaginable feeling of freedom and self-expression. I love the changes through the seasons, and this is what has inspired me to create this dress. As it is reversible is shows off the different sides of nature. The darker side of Autumn and Winter, and the lighter side of Spring and Summer”.

 

2nd Place

Wootton Upper School

Katie 

Katie uses swimming to escape from the stresses of her exams.  “I have always loved to swim, since the age of 5.  I would go most weekends just to a local pool but this was taken in the freezing river water of Dordogne”.

 

3rd Place

Wootton Upper School

Meghan

 “I chose a book due to the fact books are a sort of comfort to me as I spend the majority of my free time reading. The experience was something new for me that I enjoyed and would participate in again”.

 

Commendation

Wootton Upper School

Danielle 

“When I painted this I was at my most happiest because painting is my happy place. It’s my escape”.

Congratulations to all our winners, to our exhibitors and to everyone who took part in our ‘Where is your happy place’ competition.  We very much hope that you will enjoy seeing all the work at our exhibition and in our online gallery (coming soon).