Guernsey Press

Renoir’s art makes an impression on pupils

HUNDREDS of children across Guernsey have been bringing to life the work of French impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir.

Hautes Capelles pupils take a close look at a real Renoir painting courtesy of Art for Guernsey. Left to right: William Renckulbergs-Leahy, 7, Thea Riley, 7,Adeline Woodward, 7, Freddy Hutchins, 8 and Jesse Simon, 7.. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 31521307)

Across six hour-long sessions, 530 children have learned how to create artwork using their own ideas and compositions using various mediums.

They are then shown an original Renoir painting, brought back to the island by Art for Guernsey.

Workshop lead Anne Maclean said the sessions had been wonderful.

‘They’ve enjoyed producing some very creative work, while at the same time learning about Renoir and exploring the use of some new art materials and techniques,’ she said.

She said the group discussion at the end of each block was the most rewarding aspect of the project so far, when the children gather round their finished pieces and take turns to comment on the work of the group.

‘They have made some lovely comments and been thoughtful and supportive of each other.’

Art for Guernsey provides an art-lending programme, Art in School, involving loans of artworks from schools.

Founder David Ummels said it had been an inspiring success over the last five years.

‘This collaboration with Education makes so much sense and comes to fruition after many relevant collaborations between our organisations,’ said Mr Ummels.

‘We feel passionate about creating educational opportunities for local youths to develop their creativity and independent thinking, and art is a formidable and fun way to do that.’

Head of primary leadership and development Kim Hutchison said the initiative was another example of helping children to feel passionate about things outside of the usual curriculum.

‘That is what our cultural enrichment programme is all about and builds on the priorities of the education strategy.’

Community director Helen Bonner-Morgan said that each member was aware of the benefits of creating art.

‘This enriching project gives each pupil the opportunity to develop these qualities while learning practical skills and about how Renoir bravely innovated his own practice, having been inspired by our beautiful island and its people.’