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Jul 19, 2017 ##arts, #Coulby Newham

AN arts student took the plunge and her father with her to capture the perfect image for her A Level project.

Elizabeth Scrafton immersed herself, quite literally, on a family holiday to Disney, Florida, asking her father to don trunks and goggles and use an underwater camera to photograph her floating.

The student at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, then used the image in a project called Reflections, spending 100 hours to produce an artistic version in acrylic.

Her artwork formed part of an annual exhibition and open event showcasing students’ talents in art, design and technology, fashion and textiles, music and drama.

“I love art and business and plan to study a business degree at Newcastle University,” the 17-year-old said.

Bethany Rhucraft, 16, also used her family in her artwork to produce a cheeky portrait collage of her mum Andrea sticking her tongue out.

Mrs Rhucraft said: “I think her work is amazing and I look great – because I have no wrinkles. Bethany is going on to study art, psychology, sociology and English literature with a view to becoming a criminal psychologist and using art as therapy. I’m very proud of her.”

Resistant materials GCSE student Chrissy Willard used upcycled materials to create a stylish coffee table in the form of a leaf.

“I’m thinking about product design, engineering or sports science,” said Chrissy, 16, who is a member of the Middlesbrough Football Academy and plays for the County and Nunthorpe.

Year 12 student Helen Kotch took inspiration from the ancient Egyptians for her AS Level couture. The 17-year-old hopes to study fashion design at university.

Amy Carling, 18, chose the Statue of Liberty as a cue for her dress, embroidering the iconic New York image free-hand on her A Level creation.

She said: “I’m planning to study international fashion at Manchester Met, which also includes advertising and events management. It involves taking a placement so I’m hoping to go to New York or Los Angeles.”

Visitors enjoyed strolling around the exhibition and were treated to refreshments prepared and served by catering students, before watching a show of music and drama in the hall.

This included The King’s Academy Choir, the drama club, the cast of Alice in Wonderland and a host of individual performances.

Assistant vice principal Carey Brownless said: “We have some incredibly committed and talented students at The King’s Academy and we were thrilled so many visitors joined us to see them showcase their considerable and varied skills. It was a fabulous evening for everyone involved.”

By Emily