Mini Masters
An Art Education Project for the Hilliard Society

Since 2017 Jenny Brooks has kindly organised a Mini Masters Project to encourage children and young people to have a go at Miniature painting. The children's entries are then exhibited alongside the Annual Exhibition in Wells Town Hall in Somerset from Saturday June 11th to Sat June 18th 2022 (closed on Sunday).

2022 mini masters age groups and subjects:

The two age groups are 7 to 10 years and 11 to 18 years.

Subjects for both age groups are:

1.Your chosen plant from the garden and a pollinator.


2. Select from amphibians, reptiles or fish and the food they eat.

Complete your entry on a sheet of good quality A4 paper with paper either landscape or portrait, placing your images either together or separately. You can choose to work with either graphite, watercolour paints or coloured pencils. All images are to be contained within the following exterior sizes.

For square or round shapes 11.5cms x 11.5cms (4 ½” x 4 ½”)
For rectangle or oval shapes 11.5cms x 15cms (4 ½” x 6”)

Detail is important, also working from your own images, but research may be used.

Terms and Conditions for Parents and potential Mini Masters 2022:

  1. No monetary awards will be given, as this is an Educational project. Instead certificates will be awarded to all entries for two categories.
  2. All art work will be included in the special Mini Masters display.
  3. No art work will be for sale.
  4. All work will be returned at the end of the exhibition with the certificates.
  5. Entry is free, but return postage will be requested.

Please complete the Art Educational Project Entry Form (download PDF) and post it, together with the work, to Rebecca Veasey’s address on the form, and please feel free to contact her by email if you have any queries.

Entries should be posted to arrive by 23rd April 2022.

~ Jenny Brooks HS, Organiser.

Mini masters 2021

In 2021, the winner of the 11 to 18 year old age group (An image of a recent holiday landscape and A portrait of a relevant character in the landscape)  of the Mary Powell Award was Lauren for 'Venice – Gondolier' and runner up was Abby for 'Sunset at Woolacombe'.

In the 7 to 10 year old age group (An image of a recent holiday landscape and A portrait of a relevant animal in the landscape)  the winner of the Mary Powell Award was Sarah for 'A Squirrel at Lake Agnes Tea House' and the runner up was Spencer for 'Plane in the Sky and Runaway Cow'.

Two Australian candidates, twins Sarah and Anna (pictured), having completed their artwork had great difficulty sending it by post as no planes were flying during lockdown. Alternatively by sea it would have taken 50 days to arrive so their entries were emailed. I think the picture of both Anna and Sarah says it all!

mini masters 2019

In 2019 the winner of the Great Art Award for 11-18 age group (Portrait of a family member and a Decorative Illustrated Letter) was Grace, aged 11, for  'Brother William' and 'Letter M'. Highly Commended was Lauren, aged 13.

In the 7-10 age group (A Portrait of a Family Member &  An Image of their Favourite Hobby) the winner of the Great Art Award was Lottie, aged 9,  for  'Sam My Brother' and 'Musical Violin'.  Highly Commended runner up was William, aged 9 (also pictured left with Jenny). 

mini masters 2017 and 2018

In 2017 two age groups were invited to paint a portrait based on Holbein's famous work of Anne of Cleves (with the kind permission of Victoria and Albert Publications) and in 2018 they were invited to submit paintings of their pets or the view from their window, working from life or their own images. Certificates are awarded for each entry completing the project. 

Right - One of the successful young artists, Charlotte, receiving her Certificate for Exceptional Art Work for the 2017 'Anne of Cleves' project from Jenny Brooks.