Russian artist Anya Greenop has been inspiring young painters of the future.
The Flockton Moor-based artist hosted a workshop for more than 60 five and six-year-old children at Kirkburton Primary School.
Anya, who has been touring schools throughout Kirklees, delivered her unique workshops which blend Russian culture with modern art techniques. Her hands-on approach is particularly popular with pupils as they are encouraged to touch art works and even paint on glass table tops.
“It’s a manageable mess” according to Anya and the results are truly spectacular.
Parents were invited to vote for their favourite collage images following the school workshop and the lucky winners were treated to the special visit to Anya’s studio, where painting the table was part of the art making process. She demonstrated the technique of painting on glass with poster paint and then taking imprints of their artworks onto special paper to create vivid floral images that the pupils could take home.
Mrs Kitson from Kirkburton Primary, said:“ What a brilliant morning Year 1 and Year 2 had with Anya - who knew we had such an artist living and working in our local area?
“The children were amazed and intrigued to see such large pieces of canvass with ‘things’ hanging off the side.
“With Anya’s positive encouragement our pupils were offered to touch her artwork which enabled them to gain more awareness and appreciation of the materials and techniques she applies - an unusual, but very welcome approach. They absolutely loved making the table-top images - this is the best kind of art that everyone can get involved with and produce sparkling results.”
Other lucky pupils from Kirklees schools will be treated to Anya’s inspirational workshops after the Easter holidays.
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