CHILDREN showed off artwork inspired by the history of the Royal Navy.
Three local schools were involved in a project to create abstract art inspired by the ‘dazzle’ ships.
They were used during the First and Second World Wars and were painted with patterns and colours to confuse the enemy so they didn’t know which direction the ship was going in, or how fast it was going.
Baffled enemies also found it difficult to see which end was the front or the back of the ship.
Pupils from Wimborne Infant School, Milton Park Primary and Meon Junior school were involved in the project.
Yesterday their work was put on display at the Sea Life roadshow in Eastney, which is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.
Claire Jordan, learning officer for The National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: ‘The art looks amazing.
‘I’m so impressed, especially because some of the work was done by five-year-olds.
‘They worked so hard and were so inspired by the museum and the work that they did on the day.
‘Seeing it all mounted up on the wall, it looks fantastic. I’m proud of them.’
Arianne Lawn, a Year 4 pupil at Milton Park Primary School, said: ‘I enjoyed making the collage. I was proud when I was given my certificate.’
A roadshow was held at Eastney Community Centre in Portsmouth yesterday.
The museum teamed up with other establishments including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the Royal Marines Museum and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to give people a taste of the culture on their doorstep.
It gave children the chance to learn more about the Royal Navy and to take part in activities including object handling, arts and crafts and dressing up.
Claire added: ‘It’s so important for local children and local people in Portsmouth to understand the role that the navy has played and continues to play.
‘It’s gone well. We have been really busy.
‘Lots of parents have been to see their artwork.’