Prizewinners of The Art Apprentice competition based In Horsham enjoyed a free workshop at Roffey Park Institute with popular local artist John Thompson from Horsham on Wednesday 6 April. The Horsham girls, Hannah Couchman, Emily Johnson, Emily McFarling and Lara Rodwell, had previously exhibited their work at Roffey Park in Colgate, where favourite works were voted for by visitors and staff. A panel of local artists including Claire Phillips, Rosalyn Mina, Elizabeth Sharp and Jessica Palmer also judged the works.
The teenagers, whose work was submitted via Millais School, The Art Academy and Collyers all enjoyed the day, and recognised it will help them build an art portfolio for applying to college later on.
Morag Warrack, the organiser, said, "The interactive competition was enormously popular at Roffey Park, and the standard and variety of the work and thought processes behind it were fantastic. All the entrants really deserve to do well in the future." John, who teaches adult workshops at Nymans Gardens, was impressed with how the winners performed on the day. "The girls worked very quickly and efficiently, producing wonderful finished pieces in only three hours! They've learned many skills and techniques in a short, intense space of time. I'm very impressed with their commitment, enthusiasm and passion!"
Many thanks are due to Roffey Park Institute for hosting the event, and to Foundry Press for providing A3 prints of the winners' work.