Joy­ful mu­ral adds colour to Corinna

Chil­dren en­joy lively art project

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

‘‘Our school had so much black and white — now it’s colour­ful.’’

That is the sen­ti­ment of Corinna School pupil Chilena Win­ter­stein, about the mu­ral she and her class­mates from room 2 helped de­sign and paint.

A for­mer drab con­crete wall has been cov­ered with the colour­ful work of art, which re­flected the many cul­tures at the school, teacher Bron­wyn Gibbs said.

Af­ter the stu­dents raised the idea in Septem­ber, Ms Gibbs made con­tact with Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic and was put on to visual arts tu­tor Rudy Lopez.

He said work­ing with the chil­dren to make their mu­ral come to life was ‘‘bril­liant’’. ‘‘I wanted to give them an ex­pe­ri­ence they would not oth­er­wise get.

‘‘ They picked up ev­ery­thing so quickly and were en­thu­si­as­tic about the project. It was very im­pres­sive,’’ he said.

The stu­dents worked with Mr Lopez, who gave up his time to over­see the sketch­ing of the de­sign and the paint­ing at Whi­tireia.

He said he and the chil­dren wanted ‘‘joy­ful and colour­ful mo­tifs’’ and that was what what they got.

Ms Gibbs said un­veil­ing the work two weeks ago was a sat­is­fy­ing mo­ment.

The mu­ral was some­thing her pupils could show off to their own chil­dren one day.

Pupil TJ Ioapo said the mu­ral made him feel ‘‘proud’’.

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