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Aysgarth's Annual Art Competition is the stuff of Legends!

Aysgarth's Annual Art Competition is the stuff of Legends!

2015 winners announced from over 50 entries

This year’s annual art competition proved to be the most popular yet. With a theme of creatures of myth and legend, the Prep and Pre-Prep School and their families were given the summer holidays to create their masterpieces and over 50 pieces of artwork were submitted.

The choice of materials and type of artwork was entirely up to the pupils and the competition was split into four groups: Pre-Prep, Forms 1,2 and 3, Forms 4 and 5, and also Family (parents, siblings, grandparents...etc).

Mr Stuart Smith, Head of Art & Design Technology at Aysgarth, said:

“Fantastic is the word that perhaps best describes not only the theme but also the quality of the entries for this year’s competition. We had everything from traditional paintings and drawings to claywork, metal work and wire sculptures. It was great to see so many families entering the competition. The level of talent is incredible and this year there was a record high! I am so glad I never have to judge the competition as it is so difficult to choose any winners from such a varied selection of work. Everyone deserves a prize really!”

“It was an absolute pleasure to judge this year’s competition and the theme certainly seemed to have captured the imagination of young and old! It was obvious that an enormous amount of effort had gone into creating these pieces and everyone took part should be extremely proud of themselves. I was delighted to see such a wealth of talent on display from all the entries. I was particularly impressed by the innovative and fun use of different materials; from feathers and foil to false eyelashes! The humour and enjoyment in the pieces was evident for all to see.”With her Fine Arts Degree, Lottie Morse, Headmaster’s Wife and teacher at Aysgarth, had the unenviable job of judging this year’s competition. Commenting on her role as judge and the wonderful entries, she said:

This year’s winners:


Pre-Prep and below:   1st Nell Biker, “Unicorn” 

                                    2nd Poppy Dinsdale, “Nessie”

                                    3rd Flora Flavell, “Fairy House                                   






Forms 1, 2 and 3:        1st Henry Jameson, “Wyvern”

                                    2nd George Hankins, “Dragons Head”

                                    3rd Oliver Bailey, “Dragon”






Forms 4 and 5:            1st Edward Hamilton, “Dragons Head” 

                                    2nd Bas Sanders, “Dragon”

                                    3rd Freddie Strange, “Leopard Spots”








Family                         1st Mark Forthergill, “Kraken”

                                    2nd Diana Philpott, “Unicorn”

                                    3rd Tara Castledine, “Phoenix”






Special commendations went to William Biker (PP2), Henry Lane (Form2, he put in 3 entries!), Max Best (Form 4) and Flynn Lowther (Form 3, whose entry was from his whole family)

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