Artistic inclinations extended

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An art extension programme has given pupils the chance to discover new techniques and develop their own skills over a four-day period.
Dunedin-based artist Janet de Wagt tutored the programme at East Gore Primary School last week.
The programme was hosted by the Southern Rural Education Activities Programme via its Gifted and Talented Education (Gate) syllabus.
De Wagt said schools in the area nominated three pupils to take part. ‘‘So the idea is to extend these children. They’ve got a skill for art,’’ she said.
The pupils were enthusiastic and keen to learn.
De Wagt showed the pupils new skills and encouraged them to view art differently.
‘‘I think they did very well,’’ she said.
The colours associated with Southland provided the theme for the pupils’ multi-dimensional creations.
Some of the colours were well known in association with the province while others came from pupils’ imaginations.
The colours the pupils picked usually reflected their personalities, she said.
The artworks were in some cases abstract while others had elements that were easily recognisable, such as the incorporation of ladders into creations.
The main works were made from wood. Paper clips and wire were also used, she said.
De Wagt also showed pupils how to take photographs of their art works.
This would provide them with a photographic record of their work and how they arrived at the final creation, she said.
The schools taking part included Wyndham, Mataura, St Mary’s and East Gore.