The judging panel, which was made up of representatives from the National Galleries of Scotland, plus one independent, had the task of working their way through nearly 6,000 entries across the different categories of the competition, and the work was judged on its originality and creativity, the confident handling of materials and the boldness and impact of the piece.
All the children in Ben's class entered a picture, after learning about animals in the rain forest. The category brief for Primary 1-3 was to look at three artworks from the national collection - Bird (Oiseau) by Salvador Dali; Man and Elephant by Jamini Roy; and Robert Colquhoun's Figures in a Farm Yard - and create a 'Super Duper Animal', perhaps made up of parts of different animals and made using any materials, such as paint, chalk, crayons, cut paper or even the computer.
Ben used water soluble coloured pencils to created his masterpiece, which took parts from an assortment of creatures, and included bits of a cameleon and the pinchers from a crab. Wonder if he's see a chameleon crab?
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