Prince impressed with perfect Peebles portrait

HRH Edward admiring a painting of himself, made by all the children from  Jo Powell's art classes, with jo watching on.
HRH Edward admiring a painting of himself, made by all the children from Jo Powell's art classes, with jo watching on.
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PRINCE Edward was presented with a Rolf Harris inspired portrait of himself on his visit to the Eastgate Theatre, writes Flora Colton.

The drawing was created by children in Joanna Powell’s after-school art classes, which are held on Tuesday afternoons.

The 23 students who take part in the lessons all come from primary schools in the Peeblesshire area and Peebles High.

Joanna said: “We wanted to give something unique to Prince Edward, but also to show him how talented the children are.

“Each child was given a small square of paper to draw on, with a small square of a photograph of Prince Edward to copy.”

The idea came after Joanna watched Rolf Harris produce a similar painting on TV, with invited artists making a section each.

Joanna told us the youngsters worked hard using cross hatching and shading, techniques they have learned at art class, to make their drawing match the photograph.

“Each square looked like an abstract squiggle until they were all stuck together.” Joanna added.

“We didn’t know if the portrait would look like Prince Edward until the very last moment when we got the last piece stuck on and then it came to life.”

The Earl of Wessex also received two felt fairies for his children Louise and James from The Eastgate’s pre-school acting class Let’s Pretend.

The children are rehearsing for a production called The Magic Flower based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for performance on Thursday, June 21.

The Prince watched the children sing their theme song and then explained how his own son is keen to perform and loves being the centre of attention.

The portrait and the two felt fairies left The Eastgate with His Royal Highness as he flew out of Peebles on his helicopter.