Snow White Drawings By Little Artists On Show at The Customs House

Published: 13th December 2019

Snow White Drawings By Little Artists On Show at The Customs House

When you next visit to The Customs House in South Shields enjoy our Schools’ Drawing Exhibition in the Step Up Gallery.

This project has been running for three years and each year it grows. In 2017 we celebrated ‘The Lambton Worm’.Then in 2018 we were inspired by ‘Beauty and the Beast’. This year, the Step Up gallery is filled with pictures inspired by Snow White. The children’s exhibition presents hundreds of drawings from four schools across South Tyneside and Sunderland. We are sure you will join us in thanking the children and teachers at Barnes Infant Academy, Dunn Street Primary School, Sunningdale School and Harton Primary for their hard work.

Barnes Infant Academy Every Child is an Artist

Reception children from Barnes Infant Academy in Sunderland spent time finding out about the story of Snow White. After learning about the key characters and story they got busy drawing the main characters. If you look closely you will see everyone from the evil queen to Snow White. We love spotting all the minor miners (aka dwarfs) and the magic mirror!

Elizabeth Kane Learning and Participation Officer The Customs House said:

“This is the first year that Barnes Infants have taken part in our annual schools’ drawing exhibition. We hope when they visit our pantomime, as they do every year, all the artists are thrilled to see their work proudly displayed at our busiest time of the year.”

Little Artists from Barnes Infants Academy Sunderland Proud to Share Their Drawings with Our Visitors

Headteacher Julia Belshaw, her staff and the parent helpers brought the infants to enjoy a fun-filled performance of Snow White on Friday 13th December. Chatting to Learning Officer Elizabeth Mrs Belshaw talked about the importance of children enjoying the opportunity to see pantomime. Bringing children who are only four or five makes them feel more confident to visit a place like a theatre. It could spark a lifelong interest in the arts enriching their whole lives.

Before taking the coach back to school they took time to visit their exhibition. You can see how proud the little artists were. We are also pleased to report they all gave Snow White two thumbs up. We hoped they enjoyed their Christmas dinner rounding of a very special experience.

Harton Primary School Showcase Their Creativity

For the second year, Harton Primary in South Shields have submitted a superb selection of drawings. These drawings are by pupils from across the school. They have used a wide variety of materials. Elizabeth said:

“I am impressed Harton Primary’s artists have had the freedom to create such personal and varied responses to the theme Snow White. It’s clear the arts are really valued at Harton primary.”

Amy Emmerson Harton Primary School’s arts coordinator is always thinking about ways to enrich her pupils arts experiences. She is now thinking about how Harton Primary can take part  in our Takeover Open exhibition in May 2020.

To find out more about the Takeover Open you can email

Partner School Dunn Street Demonstrate Their Commitment to the Arts

Children from our partner school Dunn Street Primary in Jarrow took part in this project for the third year.

Year 5 worked with Elizabeth at school. They created an observational drawing by looking at photographs of our cast. After making their first sketch they made a second drawings refining their artwork. We added a splash of colour inspired by our pantomimes award-winning costumes.

“ Mrs Giles class were eager to try new things. When I visited the school they showed great determination. I set them some tricky drawing challenges but everyone enthusiastically gave them their best shot. What’s more I had a lovely surprise with the school kindly donating money towards our Heart of the House campaign.

This campaign is raising essential funds to help The Customs House continue to inspire and entertain. Their generosity helps ensure more young people like them can work with The Customs House to have excellent arts experiences. ”

This year Dunn Street were one of the first schools to enjoy a visit to our pantomime. As ever they had a magical experience. We look forward to working with them again in 2020.

Sunningdale School Sensory Celebration of Snow White

Finally, we have a set of Snow White portraits from Sunningdale school. Sunningdale school are the only school in Sunderland for children aged two to eleven with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties including Autism.

“ I love the children’s use of glitter adding some panto pizzazz and how they incorporated their hand prints in their artwork. Making these artworks would have been a really rich sensory experience.”

We hope you enjoy exploring this exhibition as much as we have enjoyed displaying their work.

Want to know more about opportunities for schools at The Customs House?

For more information about our work with schools please visit our page about Schools. Colleges and Universities.