The Perse School

Art award for Perse pupil’s peacock drawing

7 Nov 2017

Suzanna Arbide’s artwork proved a hit in the prestigious Nancy Rothwell Awards for specimen drawing.

The Year 10 pupil was awarded the outstanding prize in the 12 to 14-year-old age group in the competition run by the Royal Society of Biology.

She sketched a peacock for her entry, with one half of the piece capturing the bird’s bright colours and the other half showing the skeleton in white pencil on a black background.

Suzanna said she was surprised to do so well in the competition, which attracted more than 300 entries.

She said: “I’m very proud of my achievement. I wasn’t expecting to do so well, so I was really happy with it.

“I decided to draw a peacock because it’s a really beautiful creature. I decided to do it in this way because I like looking at drawings and I’d seen something similar to this before and it really stood out with the contrast of colours.”

Suzanna’s prize includes a set of drawing pencils, a certificate and a £25 cheque as well as an invitation to a Royal Veterinary College experience day next month.

Another Perse pupil, Maria-Louiza van den Bergh (Year 10), also did well, making it into the short-listed category in the 12 to 14 age group.

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