A PRIMARY school near Cirencester hosted its very first art exhibition this month.

Parents, carers and members of the public admired a wide range of artwork created by art club members at Rodmarton Primary School.

Last term's art club was run by Bristol-based multi-disciplinary artist Zed in the Clouds and was attended by 25 excited pupils.

The exhibition, which was held at Rodmarton Village Hall, featured more than 75 pieces of artwork created by the pupils as well as the sketches the children used to develop their ideas.

Zed said: "After running a successful one-day graffiti workshop at Rodmarton School last year, I was asked to put together a plan for an after-school art club during the spring term. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Oak class pupil Beatrice Blant showing her work to her motherOak class pupil Beatrice Blant showing her work to her mother (Image: Rodmarton Primary School)

“Having the opportunity to engage with the students on a more long-term basis, I planned a series of exercises based around basic foundational art concepts such as scale, composition, abstraction, and colour theory. 

"We explored different techniques each week with open ended outcomes and plenty of opportunity to experiment. 

“I was absolutely blown away by the quality of work produced as well as the rapid progression from the children as the weeks went on.

"I am incredibly grateful to all the staff, pupils, and parents who helped to make this project possible."

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Zed added a special design onto each pupil's sketch booksZed added a special design onto each pupil's sketch books (Image: Rodmarton Primary School)

The popular after school art club was organised by the school’s Sapling class teacher Louisa Jones who is herself an accomplished artist. 

She said: “We were so pleased when Zed said he would run an after-school club to give the children an opportunity to develop their ideas further.

"These sessions have really inspired the children and he has taught them new skills to go away and get creative in their own time. 

“Zed gave each child a sketch book which will go home with their final pieces. 

"It's been great for the children to be able to work so closely with an artist that they respect and admire. 

"I hope we will be able to work with Zed in future projects.” 

This small village school, which has just 57 pupils, was rated 'Good' by Ofsted last year and was praised for the wide range of clubs and activities it offers.