20th December 2019 — Thousands of visitors attended the weekend long event held at Chester Racecourse where Moreton First showcased a variety of artwork; from leaping tigers to textile puppets alongside one hundred and twenty UK and international artists. Collectively over 3000 pieces of artwork were on display including paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, glassware, digital art, ceramics and more.
The judges were impressed with the variety and quality of work produced by the pupils of Moreton First which allowed them to experience the commercial side of a career in art and be part of a prestigious art event in a local city.
Individually, 7 year old Moreton First pupil, Zac, was awarded a Winners Certificate for the best Moreton First piece on show.
Head of Art, Ruth Mills, commented: “Moreton's Art students put on a sterling display at the 2019 Chester Arts Fair. Queen Victoria has been a key theme for students from Moreton First, and the Lower School. Represented in textile puppets, and mixed media drawings, the theme has been explored by the children with enthusiasm.
“Leaping tigers in clay and portraits of cowboys contrasted with the royal theme, with bold strokes of strong colour standing out amongst the Prep Schools' area.”
Jan Miller, Moreton First’s Teacher of Art said: “It is humbling for the creativity and talent of Moreton First pupils to be recognised by Chester Art Fair judges. In the words of Artist, Bob and Roberta Smith, who inspired our recent graphics project: Art Makes Children Powerful. It was lovely to see that many parents and children visited the fair to see our work.
Moreton First who were invited to be part of the exhibition for the fourth consecutive year received many positive comments from the judges and the public. “Their confidence in working on a large scale and in a variety of materials shines through. The children seem to get better and better each year. The themes change in each show and that is what is so nice about Moreton's work.”