Monster Art invasion at the Verbal Arts Centre

James O'Connell, St. Eugene's Primary School, Derry. (301012JC4)
James O'Connell, St. Eugene's Primary School, Derry. (301012JC4)

The Verbal Arts Centre’s first annual ‘Hallowe’en Monster Art Competition’ has gone down a storm and has received a massive amount of entries containing some of the scariest and most imaginative monster creations this side of a Pixar movie.

But not all the monsters were bad guys, as a large of amount of friendly and caring monsters were also included, showing we definitely shouldn’t judge books by their covers - or monsters… by their big teeth, or their sharp claws, or twelve eyes!

FOUNDATION CATEGORY WINNER - Sarah Drinan from St. Patrick's Primary School in Pennyburn wins the Foundation Category (P1 and P2) of the competition for her drawing of the terrifying Firemonster. (301012JC3)

FOUNDATION CATEGORY WINNER - Sarah Drinan from St. Patrick's Primary School in Pennyburn wins the Foundation Category (P1 and P2) of the competition for her drawing of the terrifying Firemonster. (301012JC3)

The competition was created in partnership with Derry City Council and the Derry Journal in order to showcase and celebrate the creativity of primary school children in the city and the surrounding area, especially in the build-up to Hallowe’en, when monsters are even more popular than usual.

A massive 2,668 entries were received in total, from 38 different schools across the North West. Winners have been notified through their schools and a prize-giving will be held in the Verbal Arts Centre next week.

James Kerr, Director of the Verbal Arts Centre, said of the competition: “We would like to thank everyone that entered the competition and while we were thrilled by the amount of entries we received, we were even more impressed with the quality and sheer variety of fantastic ideas on display. Our panel had a really difficult time choosing winners as everyone had their favourites.”

David Campbell, artist-in-residence at the Verbal Arts Centre, added: “We work to promote drawing and painting by asking people to relax, take part and have fun with art.

KEY STAGE 2 WINNER - Colleen Attwood from Belmont House School in Derry wins the Key Stage 2 category of the competition, which encompasses kids in Primary 5, 6 and 7. (301012JC2)

KEY STAGE 2 WINNER - Colleen Attwood from Belmont House School in Derry wins the Key Stage 2 category of the competition, which encompasses kids in Primary 5, 6 and 7. (301012JC2)

“Everybody has their own art style and the brilliant thing about drawing monsters is that there are almost no restrictions on what you can draw - your imagination can run riot.

“And if you make a mistake you can turn it into a extra claw, tail or whatever else you come up with!”

Winners:

Foundation category (P1 & 2): Sarah Drinan, St. Patrick’s Primary School, Pennyburn.

KEY STAGE 1 WINNER - Nicholas Moore of Killen Primary School in Castlederg wins first place in the Key Stage 1 category - comprising Primary 3 and Primary 4 pupils. (301012JC1)

KEY STAGE 1 WINNER - Nicholas Moore of Killen Primary School in Castlederg wins first place in the Key Stage 1 category - comprising Primary 3 and Primary 4 pupils. (301012JC1)

Key Stage 1 (P3 & 4): Nicholas Moore, Killen Primary School, Castlederg .

Key Stage 2 (P5, 6 & 7): Colleen Attwood, Belmont House School, Derry.

Highly Recommended:

Daniel Ferris, St. Mary’s Gortnaghey Primary School

Daniel Ferris, St. Mary's Gortnaghey Primary School. (301012JC5)

Daniel Ferris, St. Mary's Gortnaghey Primary School. (301012JC5)

James O’Connell, St. Eugene’s Primary School, Derry.