Pre-school children across North Yorkshire are invited to create their own imaginary aliens from outer space – and pants of every shape and size – when they enter the York & Area Pre-School Art Competition run by Terrington Hall Preparatory School in association with the Gazette & Herald and The Press.
Young artists from around the county will be able to let their imaginations run wild whilst creating works of art inspired by the bestselling children’s book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
Published to acclaim in 2007, this paean to aliens and their love of underpants has proved an enduring classic with young children.
Veronica Whitfield, Head of Terrington Hall’s Junior School said: ‘The bold, colourful illustrations and delightfully humorous rhyming text are a winner with this age-group. Visually and textually rich, the book provides a fund of strong images to inspire young children’s imaginations.’
The York & Area Pre-School Art Competition was successfully launched last year when more than 200 entries were received on the subject of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Terrington Hall headmaster Jon Glen said: ‘I was overwhelmed by the quantity and diversity of last year’s entries. The day of the exhibition was a real celebration of young children’s creative imaginations.’
This year the competition will be judged by nationally acclaimed wildlife artist Robert E Fuller who works out of his gallery at Thixendale, near Malton.
Mr Fuller said: It’s so nice to have been asked to judge this competition. Art is a great way to learn. It was my favourite subject at school and I was inspired to make a career out of it – let’s hope the children who enter this competition will be encouraged to do the same.
Once again, entries are welcomed from pre-school children aged two to four. Each child’s work will be considered and prizes totalling £120 awarded to the leading young artists at ages two, three and four and to the nurseries or registered pre-school setting they attend.
For the best overall entry from across all age-groups, a prize totalling £225 will be awarded to the child and their nursery or registered pre-school setting. There will also be ten £10 prizes for highly commended artists.
The prizes have been donated by Terrington Hall School and local businesses R Yates & Sons, Ray Chapman Motors, Minster Alarms and Rodgers of York.
All entries will be on display at Terrington Hall School on Saturday 18 May 2013 when Robert Fuller will be on hand to present the prizes for the most imaginative entries. The fun-filled family morning will include face-painting, craft activities and light refreshments, and there will be the opportunity to view the school’s senior art competition with exhibits from Year 3 to Year 8.
Terrington Hall headmaster Jon Glen said: ‘I am looking forward once again to viewing the entries for this competition. We are honoured that Robert Fuller has agreed to judge it and I look forward to welcoming the competitors and their families to the exhibition.’