Billy Rampling, 11, from Ardingly College Prep School, was one of the 2022 iart winners for his inspirational painting of Winston Churchill.
Billy said: “My role model is Winston Churchill because I was amazed at how he came into office and in five years won us the war.
“He completely changed the way we approach war and he did so much for us.”
Anna Calkins, 11, a pupil from Ardingly, was a finalist for her portrayal of Jane Goodall DBE, the person who inspires her the most.
Isabelle Green, 14, from Brambletye School in East Grinstead was named the winner for her self-portrait in the style of Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock.
Isabelle said: “My role model is the abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock, whose style I adopted to create my own image of myself.
“Pollock was my go-to artist for my art fellowship at Bede’s.”
Aimee Bruce, 9, from Brambletye, was a finalist for her piece inspired by artist David Shepherd.
iart 2022 asked children to submit an artwork depicting something or someone that inspired them.
This year’s competition received 161 entries, ranging from portraits of relatives and friends to David Attenborough, Enid Blyton, Michelle Obama and the NHS.
The students used many different techniques such as sculpture, pencil and watercolour, and the finalists, aged 6 to 13, competed against entries from more than 70 of the world’s top schools.
Christopher King, Managing Director of IAPS, said, “We say this every year, but the quality and creativity of the artwork we receive each year never fails to impress us.
“This year we wanted to tap into what inspired children the most during Covid-19, and it was humbling to see portraits of friends who encouraged them to be themselves, parents who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and celebrities from sports, literature, art and environmental activism.
He said, “My warmest congratulations and huge thank you to all of the students who participated, and we look forward to seeing the finalists’ works displayed on the wall at our iart exhibition.”
The 2022 iart awards event will take place for families and teachers at St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, this month.