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A Brush With Fame

A Brush with Fame was organised by Bucks Open Studios who invited high schools across the county to nominate a sixth form student to take part in a live event in Milton Keynes. Students would be paired with a celebrity and given five hours to paint their portrait whilst being watched by members of the general public.

Chalfonts Art Department nominated Phoebe Hedges (Year 13 art student) who is an outstanding student and a fantastic portrait painter. She was given the challenge of painting the celebrity Gary Wilmot.

The Art Department were thrilled that Phoebe was the clear winner in the student category and was presented with flowers and a certificate from her model Gary Wilmot.

Phoebe is going on to study Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University. We know she will approach the course with her usual enthusiasm and passion and wish her every success for the future!

This is what Phoebe had to say about the event:

“Participating in A Brush with Fame was an extraordinary experience as I was surrounded by artists who painted using many different styles. It was fascinating to see how they worked.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I felt quite relaxed which in turn helped me paint with confidence and even encouraged me to try a more vigorous painting style.

I was extremely grateful for the opportunity, as I was able to engage with people from across the county who showed an interest in my work. The organiser plans to exhibit my work later in the year and the day was effective in promoting a public interest in art as well as publicity for Bucks Open Studios.”