Creative students displayed the results of months of hard work at an annual Art exhibition.

Exam pieces and controlled assessment units from students in Year 11 and Year 13 was on display for staff and families to view.

Helen Sharpe, Subject Leader Visual Arts at Saint Benedict CVA, in Duffield Road, Derby, said she was extremely proud of all the students and the standard of work that they had produced.

She said: “The students have put a lot of hours in and when I saw it displayed at the exhibition it made me feel very proud to be their teacher. Some of the work on the theme of detail was truly intricate; I don’t think I’ve ever seen such detail. Another theme was ‘all creatures great and small’ and students used photographs and different textures and mixed-media to create their final pieces.”

Olivia Bonner, 16 is a Year 11 GCSE Textiles student.

She said: “I chose detail as one of my themes as I knew that I could do a lot with that and I also took inspiration from butterflies as I do like nature.

“For our controlled assessment unit we were given a starting point and it was about how we researched artists and then explored and developed ideas. I carried out observations and found my own images. It was about being creative, which I really enjoyed.

“It was a lot of hard work and you need to be prepared for that if you take this course but it’s definitely been worth it. I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m very proud of what I’ve done.”

Sally Moore, 16, is a Year 11 GCSE Textiles student.

She said: “One of the themes I chose was architecture and I focused on iconic buildings. For my other pieces I was inspired by sea shells, birds’ nests and I also took inspiration from other artists. It’s been two years of hard work and overall I’m really pleased with it. I used to sew things and sell them so I knew that this was a GCSE that I wanted to take.”

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