Date: 6 July 2019

Location: St.Albans Museum + Art Gallery in the Assembly Rooms

CONGRATULATIONS to all four Primary schools who took part in our Conservation 50 themed Art/ Design Competition

NB All entries will be on public view in our pop-up shop at 18 Christopher Place, 12 noon to 4 pm on 13, 14 and 17 July.

The creative work was outstanding and the judges had a very difficult task selecting a winner so they also chose a runner up.

First Prize. The overall Winning piece was a fantastic clay tile triptych made by pupils from all 3 classes in Year2 at Fleetville Infant & Nursery School
Each pupil created an individual designed clay tile which then had to fit together like a mosaic. Orange Class represented The Alban Way, Red Class their school building, and Yellow Class their local community. They have won a beautiful  Himalayan Birch tree.


The comments from our judges included “The children’s creative collaborative clay tile work illustrates that a Conservation Area includes important buildings, green spaces and the people that live in the community.”


A Runners-up Prize of a £ 25 Ayletts gift voucher was awarded to Chestnut Reception Class, Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School, who created a collage of the “Wild Forest Place”, an important green space at their school.

The judges said it was “a bright, colourful and expressive piece of art, with a sense of texture, making it tactile with lots of close observations and small details.”

Conkers Reception Class created a collage of St Albans City railway station.
The judges said: “What fantastic attention to detail, including the train tracks and also a guide dog!”

Acorns Class, Year 1 created a collage of the Abbey
The judges commented on the clever use of different materials to show the buildings features and clever use of bright colours to illustrate the stained glass windows.
Finally a group of 5 children from Maple Class Year 2 showcased a shoebox 3D display of their forest school habitat.
The judges loved the use of different materials to show the trees and lovely wildlife habitat.


Our other Finalists’ work came from 2 schools:

Camp Primary and Nursery School

Reception classes: a colourful and vibrant pin art with mosaic collage of the school building using torn up local newspapers.

Year 1’s whole class 3D box aerial map of the school buildings and surrounds showed imagination with its creative use of material. The school building and the area around it are very clearly evident.

Year 2 classes: a 2D detailed piece reflecting their research and experiences after a visit to Highfield Park with attached 3D relief map including clay models and the addition of some creative painted finding stones.




Skyswood Primary & Nursery School

Each piece was developed using acrylic and watercolour paint with locally sourced papers and magazines to create these mixed media montages.
The Pupils from Years 4/5 and 6 worked in pairs, depicting some of St.Albans iconic buildings and places: Darbys (the village shop), Market Place, St.Albans Museum, and The Boot public house.

The judges said “They are worthy finalists. Striking and accomplished work with humour being used to great effect. Close observational work with attention to enchanting detail. Fantastic use of locally sourced materials with used train tickets creating the iconic telephone box.”






We also awarded each school their own individual certificate and set of themed books.

Every finalist will receive their own individual certificate to celebrate taking part in our competition.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools for taking part. We look forward to developing a new and exciting competition for you to take part in – more details will be posted very soon.