The Cridford Inn, who donated an £80 gift certificate to the grand prize winner. Thank you guys! – Ted
We have the results from the Teign teens art contest. The following is a message from one of our judges, Rev Ruth Frampton.
I met with Marie and Hilary this afternoon to judge the Art Competition. It was brilliant to be able to see most of them “in the flesh” so to speak and we were all very impressed by the high standard of the artworks. Some of them provoked much comment. If a similar competition is organised in the future perhaps the artists could be encouraged to write a short narrative about their work and what inspired them. It would be easy to award prizes to each entrant because each one displayed a special quality.
Archie’s picture and fascinating video demonstrates a lovely confident drawing skill; Edward shows a strong sense of design with a dramatic use of colour and diagonals on the panel and bat. Isabella’s miniature of the white tower rising up over the trees is a skilful portrayal of a local view; Isabelle’s setting sun and night sky glow with their deep colours and contrast with her delicate drawing of roses around the globe.
We were very impressed by Hannah’s watercolours, particularly the hares silhouetted against the moon, and the compass against the backdrop of rainbow colours. Louis’ red frog is truly original and a bit spooky in the way its head twists round to follow you! Max’s picture shows maturity in the mix of genres, with a Gothic/futuristic fusion contrasting dark and bright colours – is this a depressing present lockdown with a brighter future somewhere ahead? Ruby’s fruit is nicely painted on shadow and we liked her cottage floating on a welcoming cup of tea.
All these artists deserve prizes but with only three prizes to award we were limited! We so wished we had narratives to give more insight into the works, but we really enjoyed seeing them and were united in our verdict.
The NHS prize goes to Phoebe for her chameleon in rainbow colours; we also liked her pressed flowers and were sorry that wasn’t possible to view them!
The Year 6 prize goes to Emily for her variety and range: the cats on a bat totem is skilfully thought out and executed; the horses’s head is beautifully drawn and painted; the dark wood hints at menacing fairy tales.
The Grand prize goes to Eleanor who displays a real drawing talent: in the movement of the elephant’s trunk as it lifts its head we can almost hear the impending trumpet; and the beautiful swish of the girl’s skirt in the slightly skewed picture. The bleeding heart and the science fiction drawing are both slightly surreal – the uni-directional brush/pen strokes on the heart give it shape as seems to beat even as it drips; is the spaceman real, or is he dressing up? Is there a Ziggy Stardust influence here?
Thank you for asking us to judge, Ted, and thank you to all the artists who entered.
The Rev’d Ruth Frampton
Priest in Charge
Teign Valley & Haldon Hill Mission Community
I’ll be working out some time in the coming days to deliver prizes to participants. Everyone who entered will receive a chocolate bar as well.