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Is Your Little One the Next van Gogh or Picasso?

Children across Ireland are being called on to let their imaginations run wild and create a modern masterpiece for Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards as the deadline for this year’s competition fast approaches. Mini-Matisses and pint-sized Picassos need to have their entries in by Friday November 25th.

Embracing creativity and education are the core objectives of the competition which is open to primary school students across Ireland. This year’s theme “Framing the Future” is sure to inspire some imaginative entries and judge, illustrator and Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, has some great advice for budding artists looking to paint a colourful creation: “Be expressive, no idea is too crazy because who knows what’ll happen in the future, don’t be afraid to use plenty of colour, and most importantly, make sure you don’t miss the closing date!

Sightsavers Launches Junior Painter Awards With Colourful Spectacle. Today, Monday 15th August, Emmy award-winning costume designer, Joan Bergin, and Laureate na nOg and children's book illustrator, PJ Lynch, joined a host of budding artists with elaborately painted hands in the futuristic setting of The Convention Centre Dublin to launch the 2017 Junior Painter Awards. Embracing creativity and education are the core objectives of the Junior Painter Awards. Open to primary school students of all ages across Ireland, this year's theme of "Framing the Future" is expected to inspire thousands of imaginative entries.

Sightsavers wants to frame the future as an inclusive world where children living with disabilities get to go to school and invites Irish children to let their imaginations run wild and create their very own masterpiece which envisions what they see when they think of the future. Pictured is Aya Parker (9, Dublin) Glasses and blue eye with Emmy award-winning costume designer, Joan Bergin, and Laureate na nOg and children's book illustrator, PJ Lynch.
Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Entrants have the chance to win cash prizes for their schools and memberships and ‘toolboxes’ full of arts and crafts materials from ReCreate Ireland. Fifteen regional winners will be selected and will have the opportunity to see their work displayed at a special Awards Day in spring 2017 where three overall national winners will be announced. Every child that enters will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their artistic efforts. The closing date for entry is Friday November 25th 2016. Parents and children can get involved by speaking to their school teacher or by visiting Sightsavers website sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter

 

 

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