Artist Paul draws in local talent

Californian painter Paul Pulati doing art workshops with pupils at Thomas Clarkson Jaime-Lea Taylor 14 and Jessica Drew 14
Californian painter Paul Pulati doing art workshops with pupils at Thomas Clarkson Jaime-Lea Taylor 14 and Jessica Drew 14
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STUDENTS have been receiving expert art tuition this week, as part of an artist-in-residence programme run by Father Paul West from St Peter’s Church in Wisbech.

Artist Paul Pulati, who hails originally from Sacramento in California, has spent the week in Wisbech working with pupils from local schools.

A group of eight girls from Thomas Clarkson Community College have been working with Paul on a daily basis to create pieces of art.

They even made their own pastels – something Paul has done for many years – and used them to complete drawings they made around the church and grounds.

The artwork created by students throughout the week will be displayed in an exhibition at St Peter’s Lodge on Friday evening.

The group from Thomas Clarkson are doing GCSE Art and have found the experience beneficial.

Jaime-Lea Taylor (14) said: “You get to look at things from a different perspective and see things differently.”

Paul, who now lives in London, is good friends with Father Paul and first met him when they were art teachers, prior to Father Paul becoming a priest.

They worked together on similar programmes in Australia and enjoy running the art workshops.

“These groups have been really good,” Paul said. “They pay attention and work hard.”