Pupils’ creative talents on show at exhibition

WORK OF ART Pictured from left is head girl Anna Mackay, 17, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas and headteacher of Portsmouth High School Jane Prescott
WORK OF ART Pictured from left is head girl Anna Mackay, 17, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas and headteacher of Portsmouth High School Jane Prescott
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students proudly displayed their work at an art and design exhibition.

The annual Art and Design Technology exhibition took place at Portsmouth High School earlier this month.

Parents and governors joined VIP guests, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, for a formal viewing of a wide range of projects.

A wealth of creative talent was on show from GCSE and A-Level pupils at the annual event, which was held in the school’s Art Atrium.

‘The art and design exhibition is always a highlight on the school calendar,’ said head of art, Amelia Brooks.

‘It is a joy to see the culmination of the work from students from GCSE and A- level years.

‘Their work shows great maturity and depth.’

Cllr Jonas added: ‘The work in design technology is so innovative but we expected nothing less from the girls here.

‘The Portsmouth High School girls produce some wonderful work and I am delighted to see that the staff encourage the girls to play to their strengths.’

The students were also pleased to showcase their work.

Year 11 student, Maleha Khan said: ‘It is lovely that all our pieces can be appreciated in an exhibition like this.

‘It is a finale of two years’ work for GCSEs and A Levels.

‘Each piece is so different and many reflect the inner thoughts of the girls.’

Students were able to chose from painting, printmaking, photography and digital manipulation to paper cutting and textiles to express their ideas.

In design technology, the girls chose a range of materials, such as wood, metals and plastic together or graphic products such as band and film promotion.

Each girl completes a practical product and a portfolio containing drawings and a working diary.

Anne McMeehan Roberts, chairman of governors at Portsmouth High School added: ‘There was a tremendous amount of time, energy, imaginative creativity and dedication on display.’