Trust promoting pupils’ creativity

Future designers . . .Preparing art prints for exhibition were Hawea Flat School pupils Ada Vile and Ayilo Emasu. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK


Youthful artists from Hawea Flat School will be asserting their identities on the regional art scene in July.

Year 5 and 6 pupils have been fully immersed in a Three Lakes Cultural Trust trial art project for five days this month.

Their work, themed “Identity”, will be exhibited at the Wanaka Community Hub from June 30 to July 31.

The trial is being conducted under the Queenstown Lakes district’s cultural masterplan.

Wanaka printmaker Liz Hawker, painter Kym Beaton, and photographer Glen Howey teamed with Queenstown sculptor Tony O’Keefe to help the pupils.

Three Lakes Cultural Trust trustee Richard Howarth of Wanaka during Hawea Flat School art week. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK

Trustee Richard Howarth, of Wanaka, was delighted with the pupils’ work.

“They are so seriously into it and so excited to be able to bring out their inner creatives,” he said.

The arts had a vital role in development and yet had very little representation in primary schools, especially in years 5 to 8.

The trust wanted to help develop the curriculum so all children could achieve high levels of creativity, he said.

Artists at work . . . preparing photography art works for exhibition in Wanaka are Hawea Flat School pupils Jaye Doughtery and Lola Bates. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK

Last year, Holy Family School in Wanaka and Shotover Primary in Queenstown took part.

This year, it was the turn of Hawea Flat School and Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown.

The trust now plans to set up a follow-up committee group.

“We would like to present a package to the Ministry of Education that would facilitate extending this programme to most, if not all, of the schools in the Queenstown Lakes area, but ambitiously across the country,” Mr Howarth said.

Hawea Flat School pupils said they really loved the project.

Artists at work . . . preparing a painting for a July exhibition in Wanaka was Hawea Flat School pupil Gemma Cragg. PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK

Gemma Cragg enjoyed painting her Albert Town landscape.

“.. I was thinking of chocolate fish at the same time as the Hawea River, so I put some chocolate fish in the Hawea River,” Gemma said.