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YOUNG artists from King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston, have been taking part in a sketching project at the ground-breaking Lapworth Museum of Geology at Birmingham University.

The Lapworth is one of five high-profile venues, including the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gallery, Wakefield and Tate Modern, shortlisted for the PS100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year award, the world's richest museum prize.

Groups of KEHS students have visited the museum regularly, sketching and painting exhibits and developing coursework projects from their work there.

"We're the only science museum on the Art Fund shortlist," said Anna Chrystal, the museum's learning and community development officer, "but our collection's inspired lots of artwork and we specialise in education and outreach, working with schools like KEHS to attract a young audience.

"The girls' standard of work is absolutely phenomenal and should show the judges how successful we've been at interlinking art and science and inspiring young people."

Lower sixth-former Felicity Dean, 17, developed a project on birds' evolution from dinosaurs after becoming fascinated with the Museum's fossilised pterosaurs.

"The movement and animation in these pterosaurs amazed me even though they're simply skeletons," she explained. "It was so exciting to see how birds progressed from dinosaurs that I kept returning to sketch them. Now the project's literally taken off and become a major part of my A-level coursework.

"The museum's beautifully laid out and accessible too - it's got so much for everyone."

"We've used the museum for some time," added KEHS head of art Nick Bassett "It's special as it deals with geology, but it's not just about rocks and has stimulated the girls to think in really diverse ways.

"Many of their projects have stemmed from natural forms, patterns and textures, but have moved on excitingly, taking in big topics like archaeology, anthropology and evolution."

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Felicity Dean, 17, a KEHS Lower Sixth former sketching fossilised bird skeletons at the Lapworth Museum

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