Kids make mon­sters from many ma­te­ri­als

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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.

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