Tapa-style art wins com­pe­ti­tion

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

She may be shy but her bold colour choices have turned a 7-year-old into a prizewin­ning artist.

Oranga Pri­mary School stu­dent Foa Oto’Ota won the year 3 cat­e­gory in the New Zealand Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute’s poster com­pe­ti­tion I Love Learn­ing.

Stu­dents na­tion­wide up­loaded more than 2000 art­works to the com­pe­ti­tion web­site.

They were judged in 10 cat­e­gories.

Judge Gretchen Buwalda says she was drawn to Foa’s tapa-in­spired piece be­cause of the ‘‘strong, clean colours’’.

‘‘The lay­out has im­pact and has been put to­gether with care. I feel from see­ing this art­work that Foa must love learn­ing.’’

The mixed-me­dia col­lage was made over sev­eral ses­sions dur­ing the school’s Cre­ative Fri­days.

‘‘I like draw­ing and colour­ing,’’ Foa says. ‘‘It’s one of my favourite things to do.’’

She won two iPad 2s, one for the school and one for her­self.

Foa says her iPad will be used for ‘‘play­ing games like Sight Words and Maths Bingo’’ and shared with her sib­lings.

Teacher Mi­tra Sen­thi says Foa is a pa­tient and fo­cused worker who is a wor­thy win­ner.

‘‘She adds a lot of de­tail into her work and that’s what makes it spe­cial.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion is or­gan­ised by the New Zealand Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute to recog­nise the cre­ativ­ity of New Zealand school chil­dren, spokes­woman Shel­ley Nixon says.

‘‘Pri­mary schools are burst­ing with tal­ent and vi­tal­ity, and we wanted to cel­e­brate pupils’ out­stand­ing art­work.’’

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Bold work: Oranga Pri­mary stu­dent Foa Oto’Ota won the I Love Learn­ing com­pe­ti­tion with her tapa-in­spired art.

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