David Livingstone Art Competition

I work in a secondary school looking after pupils who have various difficulties that make learning a struggle. Recently an art competition was launched to celebrate the 200th birthday of David Livingstone. As one our of school houses is named after Livingstone, I thought it might be a good idea to get some of our Support for Learning pupils involved.


Quite separate from our Art Department and from the mainstream pupils of our school, three pupils designed and created an A3 poster each to submit for the competition. They wanted to paint but as the only time they had was lunchtimes and intervals, I thought it best to stick to easy-clean materials. I brought them in my own supplies of Caran D’Ache Neocolor II, Derwent Inktense and Derwent Aquatone to use. They also used Derwent Sketching paper.

They were overwhelmed with what you could do with Inktense and how the colours would pop with water. They had never seen anything like it and it made me realise how much I take my art supplies for granted. I expect the wonder of colour, the materials to perform as I expect them to, the results I know I will get – they didn’t.

We have submitted their work and nervously await news of the competition, but for me, these pupils have already won.

john bryan kelsey

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