Primary School Pupils Crowned Stephen Wiltshire’s Sketching Stars

Share Article

Two primary school pupils from Barking and Bishop’s Stortford were given exclusive access to The Stephen Wiltshire Gallery in London after winning a national sketching competition led by STAEDTLER Teachers’ Club UK and British artist, Stephen Wiltshire MBE.

Stephen Wiltshire MBE with winners Patrick and Zain.

Stephen Wiltshire MBE with winners Patrick and Zain.

Stephen Wiltshire is a hugely talented artist. It’s been an honour to work with him on inspiring budding artists in primary schools across the UK to take part in our Sketching Stars campaign.
Nicholas Lee, Head of Marketing at STAEDTLER UK

Five year-old Patrick Canning from Takeley Primary School and 10 year-old Zain Raza from Northbury Junior School both impressed Stephen with their drawings of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

More than 1,140 KS1 and KS2 pupils across the UK entered the competition by submitting sketches of their favourite local landmarks - from the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff to the Florence Nightingale Statue in Derby.

The Sketching Stars campaign, coordinated by STAEDTLER Teachers’ Club UK, a free platform for primary school teachers offering curriculum-linked teaching resources and more, aimed to encourage primary school children to explore their creative side.

Stephen Wiltshire, an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes often from memory, found his love for drawing at just five-years old. This quickly became much more than just a hobby and Stephen began to communicate with the world through his art; first drawing animals, then London buses, and then buildings. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006, and his work is held in a number of important collections worldwide.

In addition to stimulating the brain, drawing helps develop imagination and observation skills from an early age, while providing an additional platform for children to express themselves and communicate.

Stephen Wiltshire said: “Drawing was such an important means of communication for me growing up. I even learnt the alphabet through sketching famous landmarks - from Albert Hall to London Zoo!

“The Sketching Stars campaign was a fantastic way to encourage primary school children to get creative in the classroom. It’s great to see that it encouraged hundreds of primary school children to think about their local landmarks creatively, and to learn to draw the places that are of interest to them. I was really impressed with Patrick and Zain’s sketches and hope the visit to my gallery will encourage them to continue sketching.”

Nicholas Lee, Head of Marketing at STAEDTLER UK, said: “Stephen Wiltshire is a hugely talented artist. It’s been an honour to work with him on inspiring budding artists in primary schools across the UK to take part in our Sketching Stars campaign.”

The Sketching Stars competition is one of many free, creative campaigns that STAEDTLER Teachers’ Club UK coordinates throughout the academic year for KS1 and KS2 teachers.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Zoltan Szipola
Follow us on
Visit website