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Posted on 26th October 2017 | GeneralNews

On Thursday 26 October 2017, pupils from six local primary schools got into the Halloween spirit as artist and past pupil, Ciara Hampsey, demonstrated special effects techniques and led a special effects workshop

The workshop was the prize for primary school pupils who entered the ‘Schools Out for Summer’ photography competition which was organised by the Art Department. Ciara fascinated the young audience as she talked about how her artistic skill was developed in the Art rooms in St. Mary’s just a few years ago when she was developing a portrait project. During the workshop, she demonstrated some of the techniques she uses and even got a brave Mrs Patton to be her model. The children then tried out the special effects demonstrated and they all produced some very scary Halloween effects followed by some fiercely spooky face painting with the assistance of Senior Art and Design students. The afternoon concluded with a presentation to the photography competition winners by our judge, Mr Fergal Kearney.

We were absolutely delighted that so many pupils entered our competition and we were greatly inspired by the standard of each entry. First place winner was Niamh Girvin from St. Mary’s Primary School, Dunamore. Niamh received a £100 voucher for a family portrait at Fergal Kearney’s Photographic Studios and an INSTAX camera to practice her photography skills. The runner-up prizes were presented to Cliodhna Diamond and Anthony Boyle from New Row Primary School, Castledawson.