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St Mary’s Catholic Primary School ‘Faith in Education’

Big Art Week 2023

During our Big Art Week 16th - 20th October all classes in school completely immersed themselves in the works of The Pitman Painters.  The Pitman Painters were a group of miners from Ashington who took up painting as a hobby.  Their paintings reflected their life experiences as miners and provide us with an insight into our local heritage.  The children really enjoyed learning about the mining tradition in Northumberland and seeing how this was reflected in the artworks.  The children then, inspired by these works, created their own works of art using a range of techniques and media.  On Wednesday 8th November we turned our school hall into a gallery and invited our families and local community to come and explore our Pitman Painters Art exhibition.  The children proudly showed their work to family members as they told them about the original works of art and the tradition of mining in our region.  We were overwhelmed by the feedback from visitors.  Well done to our children for such amazing work and a huge thanks to all the staff whose hard work and dedication makes this annual event possible.