Children from a school in London will be drawing inspiration from the Yorkshire countryside later this month as artist Ashley Jackson teams up with a train company to run an art campaign with a difference.

A class of art enthusiasts from St Mary’s RC Primary School in Battersea will join the Yorkshire artist for a special one-off art tutorial on board Grand Central’s Ashley Jackson train.

The schoolchildren, aged nine to 11, will learn about the art of watercolour painting and different art techniques on the train journey between London King’s Cross and Wakefield, before being taken to the West Yorkshire Moors near Holmfirth where they will sketch with Ashley on the open moorland.

The Grand Central Ashley Jackson – The Yorkshire Artist train was named after the watercolour artist in 2011 and is decorated with his watercolour paintings, bringing the beauty of Yorkshire to the people who travel on board every day.

Ashley Jackson painting in his beloved Yorkshire

Ashley Jackson painting in his beloved Yorkshire

Sean English, general manager at Grand Central, said, “This trip aims to open up the world of art to young people from the capital. After working with St Mary’s last year on the Get London Reading campaign, we were keen to bring the Yorkshire countryside to life again for young people in the capital and show some of the inspirational places along our route. We value the communities we serve and wanted to inspire young children to be creative so are delighted to bring Ashley to give the children skills they can take away all in a unique experience on board his namesake train.”

Head teacher of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Battersea, said, “Many of our pupils have never travelled outside of London and so this is a unique opportunity to give them the chance to not only learn from a talented artist, but also experience a place with truly inspiring scenery.”

Ashley Jackson said, “I am delighted to be involved in this great community campaign. My passion has always been to encourage others to enjoy being creative but also to gain inspiration from everything they see around them. To work with young children from London is a fantastic opportunity, for not only will it allow them to see landscape they have possibly not viewed before but will also allow me to see it as if for the first time again through their eyes.”

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