Led by The Mount’s head of art Sian Gabraitis, the half-day workshop introduced the pupils to the work of Nicola Hicks and explored the artist’s skill for careful observation of her subject.
Mrs Gabraitis said:
The idea of the workshop was to give the students a live drawing situation. They experimented with charcoal and chalk and rubbing them to produce different areas of light, shade and texture.
The students successfully looked at tonal qualities and detail. They have each come away with a piece of work that they can be proud to display anywhere.They can now take that ability and apply it to painting, to sculpture, and really any other artistic material.
As the children worked, there were plenty of interesting facts from the owls’ handler,Chris Cooper from the York Bird of Prey Centre near Huby.
He told them that the barn owl’s sense of hearing is so acute that, even when perched on a loud speaker,it can sense a vole’s heartbeat on the stage of a rock concert. Also, that its night-time vision requires the light from only one candle to illuminate one square mile of countryside.