Teachers become pupils in art class
It was a case of the teachers becoming the pupils at Clyde Primary School this week when award winning Bannockburn artist Megan Huffadine took staff for a sketching class. When she is not teaching art, Ms Huffadine exhibits her work, recently picking up her fourth sculpture award in the last 12 months, winning the Invercargill Licensing Trust Art Awards sculpture prize for the second time, as well as being awarded the Waitakere Art Awards Lincoln Green sculpture award in Auckland, and featuring prominently in the Central Otago Art Awards. Her winning work at the ILT Awards, a wall-work of 22 individual sculptures, drew on her experience in archaeology and working in museums, emphasising how objects survive and outlast the lives of their makers and owners, Ms Huffadine said. ‘‘I’m fascinated by the ambiguity of shapes and the different things they can mean. This reflects the telling and retelling of histories and that’s how artists tell stories.’’ In her art and sculpture, Ms Huffadine said she worked on the principal that objects could be broken down into a series of simple shapes, then built on layer by layer to complete the picture or piece. This week’s lesson was about sketching some of Clyde’s old heritage buildings. ‘‘The good thing about old buildings is that you don’t have to be perfect. You can do wobbly lines, and miss bits, and it doesn’t really matter,’’ she told her class. However she is still a stickler for good technique. On her second session with Ms Huffadine, teacher Cherelle Gibson said ‘‘she is an inspiration’’. ‘‘You can do different styles using the same technique. It’s great for kids because you can adapt the style to any project.’’ Mrs Gibson said it was good to draw on the skills of community artists. Each teacher went away with a whole set of notes covering how to teach sketching. Ms Huffadine teaches regularly at Cromwell and Omakau primary schools and has taught at Otago polytechnic, fitting in weekend workshops and private tuition around her own exhibitions and commissions.
Arty: Clyde School teachers practising what they preach by repetition to get their sketches just right under the expert tuition of award winning Bannockburn artist Megan Huffadine.
New meaning to old shapes: Award-winning Artist Megan Huffadine’s unique wall sculptures.