During the Autumn Term, as a school community, we learned the inspirational story of Miriam Hyman, one of the victims of the "7/7" bombings which happened in London on 7 July 2005. She was a person who loved art and had an impressive array of beautiful, bright and vibrant work.

It felt right to create pieces of art that took inspiration from both her work and her tragic story; a way to communicate to pupils within our community. What better way than through our Year 7 Art Club, a place where pupils express themselves and share the same passion as Miriam?

As a group we selected two artists to help inspire us with this project:

Steve McCurry is an award winning photographer who focuses on the human consequences of war, not only showing what war impresses on the landscape, but rather, on the human face. We felt that these stunning portraits would really gain the attention of the viewer, the way in which the photos allow you to peek into the soul of the person caught in the image.

Iain Macarthur is an English illustrator who creates portraits of ordinary people but creates them in a unusual way by, embellishing patterns and watercolour effects into the portrait to give a vivid explosion effect—transforming their faces from something plain to something entirely bizarre and wonderful at the same time.

With the stunning portraits to aid our inspiration, the Year 7 Art Club began to incorporate symbols and patterns together to create pieces that represented the collation of cultures and religion.

We also looked at various quotations relating to extremism and discussed if each was appropriate to use within our society. We included some of the quotes in the background of our artwork.

To finish the pieces we felt it would be fitting to apply something that is evident within all of Miriam’s work: colour. These bright and exciting colours help to complete each piece as they portray her as a person.