Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Student drawings feature in art exhibition

Student drawings feature in art exhibition

Drawings from several of our talented Year Six students are being featured in an exhibition depicting some of the world’s most endangered species.
 
The result of a collaboration between artist, Jane Lee McCracken, and several North East schools, ‘Where did all the animals go?’ showcases the Biro drawings of school children from across the region, who had previously participated in workshops with Jane. 
 
The Edinburgh-born artist, who constructs intricate multi-layered Biro drawings, sculptures, installations and designs products, visited our Junior School several times during the year to work with our budding-artists.  
 
Over the course of the workshops, students used Jane’s working method of creating drawings in Biro with no pencil guidelines, which were inspired by photographs taken by some of the world’s best wildlife photographers.
 
Year 6 student, Euan Wayman, is one of the children whose drawing is hanging in the gallery and it was also used on the main poster advertising the exhibition. 
 
He said: “My inspiration to draw a giant panda over all of the other animals was the fact it’s one of the worlds most endangered species and they’re very funny.
 
“When I found out that my picture had been selected I was thrilled. It was a great experience and I look forward to drawing more.”
 
Speaking about the exhibition, which is being held at the Thought Foundation, Artist Teacher Christine Egan-Fowler, said: “This exhibition is very important, the 50 students whose works adorn the walls of a professional gallery are just exceptional. The works are personal, portrait like and surprising in their skill and quirky presentation of the animals. Students range in age from 4 up to 17 and they have all taken the chance to work in simple materials with an artist, Jane, to depict an endangered animal. 
 
“I am afraid that Art is endangered for children in our region too and we need grownups and children to speak up about how important creative activity is to us all. 
 
“These drawings highlight what will be lost if we do not act to preserve habitats and preserve precious methods of communication and well-being for humans too.”
 
Following the opening of the exhibition on June 20th, an Endangered Species Conference was also held on June 22nd which featured Will Travers OBE, President and Co-Founder of the Born Free Foundation, talking about wildlife conservation. A panel of local school children, including Year 10 student, Elyse Feenan, joined Will and several other notable speakers to discuss the importance of wildlife and biodiversity to humanity as well addressing positive and innovative ways to encourage individual action and the growth of collective responsibility towards wildlife welfare. 
 
For more information about the event, please click here