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Young artists inspired by wildlife card publisher

Wildlife greeting cards have proved inspirational in a bid to find the Young Wildlife Artist of the Year.

Youngsters used cards published by The Robert Fuller Gallery for inspiration in a competition to boost the importance of art in schools.
The competition, known as The Big Draw, was held by wildlife artist and publisher Robert Fuller to mark a nationwide campaign to promote drawing.

It followed a series of art workshops held at the artist’s gallery in North Yorkshire throughout October. One hundred and twenty youngsters in total took part in the project, amongst them, pupils from some of the country’s most prestigious schools, including Ampleforth School and Queen Margaret’s.

After sketching directly from a selection of Mr Fuller’s own paintings, the children then picked their favourite greeting cards and took them back to their classrooms for inspiration.
The resulting canvases were exhibited at a special ‘Big Draw’ show held at the north Yorkshire gallery in December.

The best, a painting of a penguin, earned 11-year-old Amy Crowther of South Duffield, Yorkshire, the title of Young Wildlife Artist of the Year.
“Amy’s picture really was striking. I think she definitely deserves the title,” said Robert Fuller.

“The quality of the work that the children produced overall was really quite astounding. I think that amongst them there are definitely some future artists and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw their art cards on the market sometime,” he added.

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