Lawn Manor Academy artwork that's fit for the King

By Caradoc Gayer - 25 July 2023

  •  Ayesha and Keona, competition winners

    Ayesha and Keona, competition winners

King Charles III will receive three special portraits drawn by Lawn Manor Academy pupils for a competition to mark his Coronation.

Portraits drawn by Ayesha (Year 8) and Keona (Year 9) were chosen to receive the royal treatment after being entered for the Coronation-themed art competition.

Students were challenged to produce a creative piece inspired by this year’s historic event.  Eight pieces were shortlisted, including portraits, drawings of a crown, a coaster made from Hama beads and a poem presented in a scroll.

Ayesha drew a collection of portraits of King Charles III through the years, depicting the key times of his life.  She initially drew the piece in pencil but was encouraged to also submit a striking colour version.  Both pieces will be sent to Buckingham Palace.

Keona, who also won the previous term’s International Women’s Day art competition, drew a portrait of the King on his Coronation Day, with an impressively detailed St Edward’s Crown, the highlight of the Crown Jewels.

The other shortlisted winners were Clayton, Esther and Amelia (Year 7), Scarlett and Oliver (Year 8), Patrick and Summer (Year 9) and Veeda, Aasiya and Phoebe (Year 10).

Head of Art Caireen Young said: “We received over 600 entries for this competition and the top eight were chosen for their creativity and detail. 

"We looked at all of the entries from the King’s perspective and then chose Ayesha’s and Keona’s to send to him as the best of the best and excellent pieces that we think he would appreciate.

“All of the students did really well in the competition and the two overall winners showed drawing skills that surpassed what they learn in class, and even techniques that they wouldn’t learn until later on in school. 

"However, these competitions aren’t just for the artists but encourage pupils to be creative in whichever medium they feel most confident in. 

"Some pupils are really good at making things, some at drawing and some at creative writing and our shortlisted winners all demonstrate these talents.

“We’ve previously run similar competitions and sent the winning artwork to the late Queen.  We received a lovely letter back from her ladies in waiting and so all of the pupils were eager to take part again and look forward to receiving a response from the Palace.”

Lawn Manor Academy is part of the Ascend Learning Trust.  For more information, people can visit 

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