Primary school pupils were treated to a visit by one of their favourite artists who reminded them of how creative they are and encouraged them to put their skills to good use.

Benjamin Shine took time out from his trip to London to visit Parkside Primary School to see how his work is inspiring youngsters.

The school in Wellington Avenue, Chingford, encourages children’s enthusiasm for art by naming each class after a famous artist, and has one Year 6 class called ‘Shine’, after Benjamin.

Speaking after his visit on Monday, November 16, Benjamin said: “I spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon with the class, answering their very thoughtful questions about my work and also listening to stories of their own creativity and passions and I picked up a few tips myself.

“Having been encouraged to explore and pursue my own creativity as a child, I know just how beneficial and important it is.

“However, creativity is often confused with artistic abilities to draw or paint, when in fact creativity simply relates to one’s ability to think big and be bold enough to take up the challenge in making one’s own ideas a reality.

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Benjamin Shine is a successful artist who has attracted international clients

“So I really wanted to lend an extra voice of encouragement and inspire the class to recognise and realise just how creative they already are and what incredible things they each have the ability to create, achieve and contribute.”

After graduating from Central St Martins in London in 2003, Benjamin set up a creative studio.

His work has attracted a range of clients encompassing fashion labels, product and interior manufacturers, and international arts and design institutions such as The New York Museum of Arts and Design, Coca-Cola and Google.

The artist splits his time between the United States, Australia and the UK.

Headteacher Lisa Cousins, said the entire school community was “thrilled” that Benjamin had popped by.

She said: “I’m sure the children will remember this for the rest of their lives and who knows where such inspiration may lead the pupils in the future.”