Girvan Academy S2s get arty in national competition

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ACADEMY pupils in Girvan have been getting creative with costumes by taking part in Scotland’s biggest national art competition.

S2 students from The Avenue school used two artworks – John Byrne’s Self Portrait and Toulouse Lautrec’s Jane Avril – to inspire them in their use of print making materials,

And they are now in the running to have their masterpieces displayed in the Scottish National Gallery as one of 53 winning entries.

The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools arrived in Girvan on Monday last week with the aim of promoting visual art and widening its accessibility. Set up by the National Galleries of Scotland in 2004, thousands of schoolchildren have been involved in the programme over the past eight years – including more than 6200 children across almost every local authority in the country in 2012.

Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said she was delighted to welcome the roadshow team to South Ayrshire.

“This creative initiative is educational and fun and I’m sure it will encourage many of our children to go on to develop a lifelong interest in the arts,” she said.