Six-year-old wins thousands for Potters Bar school

Jai Shah, from Lochinver House School, with his masterpiece. Picture: Supplied.

Jai Shah, from Lochinver House School, with his masterpiece. Picture: Supplied.

Lochinver House School

A six-year-old has won his Potters Bar school thousands of pounds after scooping first prize for his artwork that represents the deforestation of the rainforest.

Jai Shah, who is in Year 2 at Lochinver House School, won first prize in the children’s category of the National Open Art Exhibition Competition.

Jai’s piece called ‘Save Them’ represents the deforestation of the rainforest which is endangering the frog population.

The youngster feels passionate about saving the frogs.

His work, which won him an iPad and a £2000 for Lochinver House to put towards creativity, is currently exhibited in the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in London.

The idea behind Jai’s work came after learning about animals becoming extinct in school.

Jai’s mum Lorena Melgar Diaz said: “He loves animals but especially frogs, they’re his favourite hence why the piece is focused on them.

“Learning that some animals are becoming extinct deeply upset him so he wanted to do a piece to raise awareness.”

The pair took to Google to see if frogs were becoming extinct and discovered that they are in rainforests so Jai decided he wanted to draw attention to this.

Lorena added: “He adores drawing and does it whenever he gets the chance. Jai is always drawing little characters.”

Headteacher Ben Walker said: “We are proud of Jai and delighted that his talents are finding exciting expression to a wider audience.

“His designs are bright, bold and highly individual.”

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