Inspired by Sir Peter

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

ST Peter's Primary School pupils have been trying their hand at creating pop art while learning about the work of iconic artist Sir Peter Blake. The youngsters had their art lessons brought to life when the curriculum coincided with a forthcoming art exhi

ST Peter's Primary School pupils have been trying their hand at creating pop art while learning about the work of iconic artist Sir Peter Blake.The youngsters had their art lessons brought to life when the curriculum coincided with a forthcoming art exhibition at Budleigh Salterton's Brook Gallery. Owner Angela Yarwood is a fan of Sir Peter's distinctive work and, when her son came home from school saying he had been learning about the great artist, she was able to offer pupils the real deal - the chance to meet the man behind the iconic images.Angela has organised a visit by the 76-year-old artist, who is expected to spend time at St Peter's School, where he will meet the latest generation to be inspired by his work. The visit coincides with an exhibition of Sir Peter's work, Montage of Generations, which is on display at the gallery from Thursday, March 20, to Saturday, April 19.Sir Peter will join Angela at the gallery on March 19 for a private view to launch the exhibition. Angela said she was honoured 'influential' Sir Peter had accepted her invitation to visit Budleigh Salterton.She said displaying the children's work alongside his famous images would show art was for everyone."It's a great coup because he's in great demand," said Angela."The older children's work shows he has really fired their imagination. "It's fantastic that he's influencing a new generation."Bringing the children's work into the gallery shows people art doesn't have to be expensive or exclusive."Inviting the pupils along to the Fore Street gallery, Angela showed the youngsters some prints of Sir Peter's most famous creations - including the renowned Beatle's Sergeant Pepper album cover - before challenging them to try their own hand at creating montages.The pupils raided their family albums and cut out pictures from magazines to create their works of art, which are now on display in the gallery for all to see.The school condensed the images and put them onto compact disk covers - enabling the youngsters to create their own album art.

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