Students enjoyed coming to see Glenn Burrell’s lively exhibition Operation Fizz about his unique “painting expedition”. After looking at his floppy objects made entirely of paint including skis, flippers, gumboots, bicycle components and an inflatable boat, students made sculptures of everyday objects using a similarly floppy material – play dough! Their large play dough objects were delightful, brightly coloured and thoughtfully constructed.
Exhibition finishes late Febraury 2013 so plenty of time to come and see these great paintings!
Whanganui Collegiate School Year 9 students rolled up their sleeves and really got into producing amazing charcoal drawings inspired by looking at Ann Noble’s black and white photographs of the Whanganui River. Using a variety of different charcoals they drew vigorously: smudged, erased, blended, and redrew to create great moody tonal pictures.
Aramoho School Students work.
Aramoho School students work
Prints by students from the Frangipani Pan Pasifika Trust
In preparation for our weekend Pasifika festival Colours of Pasifika (November 16-18)students produced great individual prints using polystyrene and printing ink. They made designs incorporating images of fish, flowers, leaves, and seashells. They also looked at traditional tapa cloth designs from Samoa and Fiji. At the end of the session each child gave one of their prints to be used in a large group work to be exhibited in the Colours of Pasifika exhibition. Congratulations on having their work on display in the gallery for the weekend!
murals by Wanganui High School yr 10 students
Murals by Wanganui Girls’ College yr 10 students
Wonderful images of bright birds and plants have been produced by Year 10 students from Wanganui Girls’ College and Wanganui High School. The students came to the Sarjeant Gallery to participate in a 2 day mural painting workshop led by visiting artist (and former Tylee cottage artist-in-residence) Adrian Jackman. On 5 large plywood panels the students first planned their murals, focusing on native birds and plants of New Zealand. After their imagery was in place, they divided the background into large flat sections of bright colour, inspired by the bold cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Students also gained an insight into Adrian’s work as a professional mural painter in Auckland and the methods he uses to create his large public murals. The students’ murals will be on public display on Victoria Avenue until February 2013 when they will be returned to their schools.
These wonderful images of smiling flowers have been produced by students and teachers in Years 3-8 from Okoia School during a visit to the Sarjeant Gallery. Students looked at paintings and designs of flowers from the Sarjeant Gallery collection. They then used felts, oil pastels and dye to create their own imaginative bright flowers.
Installation shot at Wanganui Hospital. work by students from Okoia school 2012
These chatty and poetic images have been produced by Year 9 English students from Wanganui Collegiate School during a visit to the Sarjeant Gallery. They are the result of a special student workshop with writer and performer Tessa Priest and gallery educator Andrea Gardner. Students explored various creative writing exercises and also produced charcoal drawings based on working from observation. At the end of the session drawings and writings were assembled together using speech bubbles. The new juxtapositions created some surprising and delightful results. All the work was put up in the foyer of the i-Site building as a full wall installation. The installation was on view from August until November 2012.
student group work from a Thoughful World workshop
Have you seen the book Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg?
He shows you fantastic ways to turn your Oops into something fun and creative.
Follow this link to watch a short YouTube video showing you the book. It’s a super book to remind us all that mistakes are o.k. and that they have the potential to turn into something beautiful!
If you need a simple wintery activity to do with kids here is a fun one I found on the blog: The Joy of My Life. It gives instructions on how to make a winter picture using white pastel’s, watery paint and salt. Even pre-schoolers can do it click here to take you to the page.
Well Monday’s workshop was a great example of the potential of photoshop. Norm spoke about his work as a photographer for Te Papa and as an artist. Students were shown how a few simple steps in photoshop can make the manipulation of images simple and effective! Students were able to watch their own images being manipulated. With the addition of some beautiful butterfly wings students turned into fairies!
This Sunday Wellington based photography Norm Heke will be here to give a talk about his work. Education is lucky to be able to offer secondary students the chance to come to the gallery to meet Norm and be part of a workshop with him on Monday the 23rd of July. He will be giving a talk and demonstration to students’ from Wanganui Girls’ College in the morning. If you want your secondary students to come for an afternoon session with Norm please contact the education team on 06)349 0506 or email us on education at sarjeant dot org dot nz