Young artists inspired by Renaissance Tuscany tour

A Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form student has been recognized amongst some of the region’s most talented young artists following week-long tour of Italy.

Sophie Heywood (pictured below) scooped the overall prize for Best Young Artist after being specially selected for the prestigious Young Artists in Italy Tour, which took place over the half term break.

She was joined by fellow Sir John Deane’s students Anna DeSouza, Jemina Rose-Bannag, Kelly Kerfoot, Amy Sprat, Laura Harvey, Ellen Watson and Emily Heatley.

Sophie Heywood

The Renaissance-inspired trip has a reputation for quality and prestige and involves gifted and talented students from across Cheshire and the Wirral with Sir John Deane’s art teacher Simon Davies as its director.

“Once again our students enjoyed the unique opportunity to study and work in Tuscany, which is home to some of the most significant art and architecture in the world,” said Simon.

“We travelled across the region to see first-hand the work of Italian Renaissance artists with students working long hours into the night to complete their work.”

As part of the tour the students were asked to design and make a costume based on Italian architecture as well as spending whole days drawing the scenic landscape.

The tour also included visits to Sienna, Arrezzo, San Supolcro, Monterchi and Florence to discover the work of the some of the regions’ most recognisable artists.   

As well as the overall prize for best young artists, Sir John Deane student Laura Harvey won ‘Best Costume’ while Ellen Watson and Emily Heatley won ‘Best Sketchbooks’. 

The Italian Art Education Tour first took place in 1984, with coverage on Italian and English television and exhibitions of the work in London, Florence and Montreal. Many students have used this experience to gain places at Ruskin, Oxford and the Royal Academy, London.

The culminating exhibition of costumes, sketchbooks and more large-scale final pieces will be on display at the Williamson Art Gallery, near Birkenhead from Sunday 10th December.

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