Stu­dents first and third in na­tional art con­test

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - ABBY BROWN

Art­works ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship and sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween an­i­mals and hu­mans have won awards.

Mata­mata Col­lege year 12 stu­dents Sydney Young and Charleigh Mack­in­tosh came first and third re­spec­tively in the young de­signer of the year award in the se­nior art sec­tion.

They didn’t get to see any of the other art­work en­tered in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion which is run by a Christchurch trust and has sec­tions for paint­ing, fash­ion and graph­ics.

Both of the artists say they have been paint­ing since they could hold a paint brush.

Both of the artists say they have been paint­ing since they could hold a paint brush.

‘‘My mum and dad both did a lot of draw­ing and when my sis­ter came to col­lege she got into art and did al lot of paint­ing so I just kind of fol­lowed them,’’ Charleigh said.

She thinks she might study fine art at univer­sity, while Sydney said she might study ar­chi­tec­ture.

All the year 12 stu­dents were given the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a re­lated se­ries of work with a fi­nal res­o­lu­tion.

Sydney’s theme was ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­man and an­i­mal fea­tures.

In her res­o­lu­tion she painted fig­ures that shared hu­man and an­i­mal fea­tures.

Charleigh ex­plored the sim­i­lar­i­ties in an­i­mal and hu­man per­son­al­i­ties so she drew fig­ures like a stern woman with a cat face and a grace­ful bal­le­rina with bird wings.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata Col­lege year 12 stu­dents Charleigh Mack­in­tosh and Sydney Young with their award win­ning art­works.

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