Ilkeston students showcase artwork

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Sports, vintage and jewellery shops were the inspiration for stunning artwork created by Ilkeston students and showcased at an exhibition.

Final exam coursework by year 11 and year 13 students was displayed for family members, students and staff to view in the King George Gallery at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Various media was used by the students including fine art, textiles, graphic illustration, computer-aided design and fashion.

Sarah Griffiths, art teacher at the academy, said she was extremely proud of the students.

She said: “They were given the theme of a retail outlet. They could chose anything that interested them about it and they had to produce a body of work to represent that shop. We had a real mix from Pandora and vintage to sports shops. The year 11 students started work on this in year ten and the year 13 students have been working on their final pieces since September last year.

“There has been a really diverse range of artwork. Year 13 were very ambitious and their work was varied. Sometimes students can follow the group but their work has all been individual.”

Cara Wheatley, 16, is in year 11 studying GCSE art and used two books to create a dress.

She said: “My theme was vintage. I love craft and working with my hands and I basically used two books to create a dress. It took a lot of work but I was really pleased with the end result.”