A NINE-year-old student from Glenswilly National School has been recognised as one of the best young artists in Ireland for her entry to the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards.
Elizabeth McGlynn’s painting entitled ‘I Would Love To See A Dolphin Jumping In and Out of The Ocean at Sunset’ was inspired by this year’s competition theme, ‘I Would Love To See’ and was a winner in the 3rd/4th class category.
With thousands of entries from over 200 primary schools nationwide, Elizabeth is one of the 15 finalists that will have their painting displayed at the Awards Day next month where the overall national winners will be selected. She will receive a special regional prize in recognition of her amazing achievement.
The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards is designed to inspire Irish children to express their artistic talent through painting whilst developing an appreciation of the importance and value of their sight.
The competition, which was open to primary school students of all ages nationwide, has grown over the last five years and the 2013 competition has proven to be one of the most popular to date.
Recognising the difficulties schools are finding themselves in due to cut backs, this year cash prizes have been donated for the schools of the overall winning students by The Irish Times along with a variety of top art prizes.
The overall winner and runners up will be unveiled at the awards ceremony on February 25th 2014 in The Science Gallery, Dublin 2. The 15 regional winning paintings can be viewed online now at www.sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter