SIXTH-form and Year 11 pupils at Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College showcased their artistic creations at an exhibition at the school yesterday.

The CREATE Art and Design 2017 exhibition was opened to the public earlier this week on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Students used watercolours, acrylics, clay, printing, graphics and textiles to create their masterpieces.

Sixth-formers held workshops for younger pupils with charcoal, bubble-printing and other activities.

The school's head of art Holly Watts was very pleased with the high standard of work on display.

She said: "It's a phenomenal amount of work, they've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it and this is a fun, varied and interesting celebration of their work.

"It was really busy, parents and students and people from the Wroughton community came in to have a look, we were very pleased with the turnout.

"All the A Level students were given a space to come up with ideas on how to present their work, we had some really quirky and individual suggestions.

"Some used trellises and pallets, one student made a replica bedroom.

"We've been running this exhibition every year for six years and I've been running it for three, we've tried to make it bigger and better each year and I think this is our biggest and best one yet."

Visitors voted for their favourite artist/designer and the top three were all given prizes.

They could also write comments on colourful pieces of paper which were then hung up on a grid of pegs to create a new piece of artwork.

Holly added: "There was also a mini-exhibition of the props and sets which the sixth-form pupils made for last year's production of Billy Elliot, people thought they were professional, they couldn't believe the pupils had made them.

"One of our A Level music students played acoustic guitar all evening on Tuesday, which created a really nice ambience.

"I'm really excited about planning the next exhibition, I hope that we'll be able to have it on display for a whole week next time."