Masterpieces inspire art students at Alderman Peel High School

Alderman Peel student Esther Neale with her art work. Picture: Ian Burt

Alderman Peel student Esther Neale with her art work. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

World class art in London, Houghton and Norwich has inspired the work of Wells high school students.

Alderman Peel student Becky Beard with her art work. Picture: Ian Burt

Alderman Peel student Becky Beard with her art work. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Twenty three GCSE art and technology students at Alderman Peel High School displayed their work in an exhibition called The Art and Technology Faculty.

Their paintings and sculptures were inspired by visits to the Tate Modern, the University of East Anglia's Sainsbury Centre for Modern Arts and the Houghton Revisited exhibition at Houghton Hall, which was held last year and saw the priceless art collection of Britain's first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole return to its original home from Russia.

The students' artwork was displayed at the school on Thursday and was inspired by themes of contrasts, ordinary and extraordinary and order and disorder.

Art teacher Amelia Light said: 'I am thrilled that the students here have been given these opportunities to experience world class art work in galleries which many will have never been to before.

Alderman Peel student Ben Greenwood with his art work. Picture: Ian Burt

Alderman Peel student Ben Greenwood with his art work. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT


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'They have produced some outstanding work and I am proud of them.'

Meanwhile, the school's work in the wider community has paid off for former student Leo Romero.

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The 16-year-old has secured a job at The Crown in Wells as a trainee chef following a project in which school students worked in The Crown's kitchen to produce a banquet for paying guests,

County councillor Dr Marie Strong, who attended the exhibition, said: 'This is a wonderful example of the local community working together and I hope more establishments will develop similar links with the school.'

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