‘Floral Wonder’: An exhibition of young artists’ work looking at how the artist portrays the wonderful world of flora

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

The Museum of Dartmoor Life is holding an exhibition called Floral Wonder, a unique exhibition about the beautiful visual world of flora as portrayed through the artist’s eye. The work is by talented children in Years 4 and 6 (aged between 9 and 11 years old) at Okehampton Primary School.

There is a dazzling selection of paintings in acrylic by Erin Baker, Kaitlyn Baker, Sophie Balman, Sienna Bryant, Oscar Brint, Matthew Camp, Darcey Cann, Libby Carroll, Jorgia Chudley, Summer Cleave, Andison Cockerill, Amy Counter, Matthew Dymond, Ophelia Evans, Sky File, Eve Gardner, Abigail Graves, Emilie Greves, Charlie Hickman, Amy Howlett, Jessica Just, Annaliece Kiely, Charlotte King, Ebony Letchford,  Luca Malerba, Chloe Marten, Archie Metherell, Catharine Newman, Maisie Radford, Evie Mindova-Sharp, Isobella Partridge, Elsa Pedley, Victoria Polak, Silvan Ramsey, Summer Rowland, Tilly-Marie Rule, Rudyard Simmons, Alfie Smith, Amelka Steber, Lauren Stephens, Sam Taylor-Carbis, Lily Thorne, Megan Tucker, Ionie Vallance, Rosemarie White, Cassidy Willing, Sophie Wills and Amelia Zima-Judge.

A selection of vibrant cacti ceramics – made from white earthenware clay and decorated with acrylic paint and embellishments recycled from plastic waste – is also on show, by Year 6 pupils Asta Boore, Lizzie Coulson, Lily Farrimond, Julia Galinska, Beatriz Gouveia, Mei Lawrence, Freya Mindova-Sharp, Finlay Molyneux, Zara Priday, Anthony Tobin, Liv Walker and Skye Wilson.

Luna Redhead, an art tutor at the school and a local artist, initiated the exhibition. The Museum of Dartmoor Life wanted to continue to show their support for the children’s artwork, following their successful exhibitions over the past five years. The exhibition continues to gather the support of the arts within a Primary School age, supported by The Arts Society, Dartmoor and local businesses and successfully promoting the arts within the local community.

The children were invited to enhance their creative skills through a series of art and ceramic workshops with Mrs Redhead, including studying the work of other artists who have used similar subjects. Luna shared: “All the workshops were fun and inspiring for all involved and indeed a challenge that boosted their confidence and inspired their creative journey of learning. Many children have gone on to buy their own canvases, even setting up their own studios at home! In addition, they are confidently able to instruct their peers in the whole process, giving them the individual creative freedom they need to take their talents further.”

Floral Wonder is at the Museum of Dartmoor Life, 3 West Street, Okehampton, EX20 1HQ until 1st September, from 10am to 4:15pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 1pm on Saturday. Visit www.dartmoorlife.org.uk for further information about this delightful museum.

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