60 pupils from Turlin Moor Community School descended on the ‘Kathryn Thomas Shining Lights 2012’ exhibition in Poole on Wednesday May 9.

For the majority of the school children, aged from nine to 11, it was the first time they had visited an art gallery and seen original oil paintings.

Established artist Kathryn was on-hand to discuss her inspirations, share thoughts and encourage opinions about her latest collection, inspired by the local area.

Kathryn said: “It was a pleasure having the children at my studio, to hear their thoughts and interpretations of my paintings. It is very important to me for my art to be accessible to everyone, whatever their age.”

Out of the 54 paintings on display, the children were invited to choose their favourite and discuss the reasons why they had picked it.

Kathryn explained: “I hope that by teaching children how to appreciate art from a young age, it will be a passion that stays with them throughout their life.”

‘Shining Lights 2012’ is open every day to the public from Sunday May 6 to Monday June 4, 11am to 7pm on West Quay Road and admission is free.

Fact file:
Exhibition: Kathryn Thomas Shining Lights 2012
Date: From Sunday 6th May to Monday 4th June 2012
Time: Daily from 11am to 7pm
Address: The Studio, West Quay House, 4 West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HT
Costs: Admission is free