Distinguished artist helps to inspire school pupils

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Royal portrait artist Richard Stone paid a special visit to Skegness Grammar School last week.

With three-and-a-half decades of experience, Stone has painted almost every member of the Royal family and other inspirational figures, including Nelson Mandela.

During his day at the academy he delivered unique workshops to GCSE and A-level art students, helping them to further develop their talents. With little formal art training himself, Richard encouraged students to become more confident in their natural ability.

Alfie Wise, student, said: “It was an enjoyable, practical and accessible session, looking at proportions and realism. Richard was very supportive and guiding, plus it was great to meet a professional artist.”

The day was organised by the David Ross Education Trust as part of the trust’s commitment to providing a wide range of enrichment opportunities.

Marcia Mercier, the trust’s head of enrichment, added: “It’s incredible that we have managed to get Richard Stone to come and do some workshops for us.

“Art is a really high priority for the enrichment programme, so we were absolutely delighted when we had the opportunity to secure him to come and work alongside our GCSE and A-level students.”