Kids make monsters from many materials
Students from a Pukerua Bay Artful Kids after-school class have contributed colourful creations for a Wellington art show called Monsters.
Thirty-seven children, from classes in Pukerua Bay, Raumati South and Paekakariki, have been designing monsters and dioramas during term three, using design skills, visual brainstorming and art research to push their ideas through to fruition, tutor Rachel Benefield said.
‘‘ It has been so rewarding watching their disbelief turn to excitement as they realise that we are going to help them create anything they can imagine.’’
The monsters have been sculpted out of a variety of materials, including recycled toys and dolls, modelling clay, google eyes, rhinestones, fabric, magazines and pipe cleaners, and then placed in a miniature world of the children’s design. Working titles include Zombie Soccer Players and Monster Birthday Party.
Ms Benefield said many wellknown Wellington artists are contributing to the show, and it will be inspiring for the children to be in a well-publicised exhibition, ‘‘showing alongside real art professionals’’.
The exhibition, curated by Michelle Irving of the Run Amuck Collective, is a follow-up to last year’s Robots exhibition at Thistle Hall. It will feature work from artists such as Michelle Irving, Sam Broad, Mary Laine, Martin Horspool, and Roger Morris.
The works are on show, in conjunction with the collective, until October 26, My Galaxy Gallery, Dixon St, Wellington.