A church which sparked an artist’s imagination almost 200 years ago has today inspired pupils to create their own art work as part of a special exhibition.
The interior of St Mary’s Church in Woodkirk was the subject of a watercolour painting in 1834. And after the church sourced the original painting, so it could return home to the church, pupils at Woodkirk Academy decided to create their own interpretations of the historic building.
Year 11 pupils created art work to go on public display at the weekend as part of a special exhibition which ties in with their GCSE art project.
The Rev Amanda Barraclough, of St Mary’s, said: “It went really well. It was lovely to have people constantly coming and going. And the art work was amazing considering the limited time they had.”
She said that the pupils were “very proud” of their achievements and enjoyed showing off their work to family and friends.
She added: “It’s the first of other partnerships projects using the church building as a back drop.”
The pieces of art were on display throughout the weekend, when the Mayoral Civic Service to mark the end of the literature festival also took place.
There are a number of limited edition prints available to buy of the original Chantrell Watercolour painting.