Children learn about Great War artwork

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Pupils at the Harbour School in Portsmouth got an insight into First World War artwork at a talk.

The Tipner Lane school invited Pompey Pals to come in and talk to the children.

The Pompey Pals is a charity that commemorates men and women from the Portsmouth region who served in any capacity during the Great War.

As well as talking about First World War artefacts, the charity brought along two artists who have created artwork surrounding the War, one of whom was David Evans.

Teacher David MacAskill said: ‘As part of the curriculum, the children are studying war and peace.

‘We thought it would be good to invite the Pompey Pals in because they are 
Portsmouth-based, and Armed Forces Day took place recently.

‘The children got to see some first-hand expertise by talking to the artists and seeing their work.

‘They were looking at the history of the paintings and what they signify.

‘In terms of aspirations, they were able to see what they could achieve if they worked hard enough.’

As well as each class having the opportunity to ask Mr Evans about the artwork, the children were given a blank picture to colour in as part of a competition.

The winner was Poppy Hollis, who was picked based on her level of enthusiasm and effort.

In return, 13-year-old Poppy received a print of the finished picture.

Mr MacAskill said: ‘She was picked for being most enthusiastic because she was very keen to ask lots of questions, such as how David did his paintings, what they meant, and why.’