Grant and grandad are winning team

Grant Wilshaw (11) and his grandad  James Paton (67)
Grant Wilshaw (11) and his grandad James Paton (67)

ARTISTIC talents must run in the blood for this Laurieston family.

Grant Wilshaw joined forces with grandad James Paton to enter the ‘My Family Portraits’ competition run by Scotland’s Learning Partnership.

Entrants had to submit drawings showing what activities they like to do together. They had to be drawn by two people from the family from different generations.

Primary seven pupil Grant and James (67) drew pictures of themselves fishing.

From over 800 entrants, Grant (11) was one of 21 winners chosen from across Scotland. Along with his grandad he was invited to a prizegiving in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, where they received their prize of framed artwork and an art set.

The presentations were made by Robin Baillie, senior outreach worker at the National Galleries of Scotland, and broadcaster Shereen Nanjiani.

Robin said: “I am very impressed by the work on display here. It has got humour, it has got technique, it has got quality and it has got, above all, emotion.”

Shereen added: “I was blown away when I had a look at the pictures, there is a lot of talent in this room.

‘‘It is not just the young people, but mums and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers.”

Malcolm Cowie, head teacher at Laurieston Primary, said: “Art is an important part of our curriculum at the school.

‘‘We encourage the children to achieve special things in all ways of life, and it is great that Grant has done this.”

The winning picture is now on display in the school as part of the annual art exhibition.

Also on show will be artwork by every pupil in the school and nursery, along with additional work by Mr Paton. There are also paintings and drawings by former pupils, and other members of the community.

The exhibition is open today (Thursday) and tomorrow from 3-6 p.m.