Pupils get inspiration from Pitmen Painters

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Children from across Northumberland have been brushing up on their artistic skills as they proved imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Over the past four months, more than 1,300 pupils from schools across the region have visited Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum to learn more about the work of the Pitmen Painters.

The youngsters then created images inspired by what they had seen and learnt, which have formed a 900-strong collection of works currently on show at the museum.

Pupils were inspired to produce individual and collaborative works of art, including paintings, sculptures and textured drawings, some focusing on the dark, cramped conditions within a coal mine, others depicting details found within the miners’ paintings themselves.

This event will mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of the work of the Pitmen Painters to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Ashington Group.

George Laidler, the son of original Pitmen Painter Fred Laidler, visited the museum this week to see the exhibition.

“I think my father would be very impressed by what the children have created,” he said. “The way they have seen colour in something like this is incredible, especially as they have never been down a pit.

“They seem to have really learnt from what they have been told and have produced some amazing works of art.”

The Scratch the Surface exhibition will be on display at Woodhorn until Sunday, February 23.

A collection of the Pitmen Painters’ work is also on show at Woodhorn.

Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more information.

l A video of the exhibition is online now at www.newspostleader.co.uk/video




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