Toko­roa school’s art a hit

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate’s tra­di­tion of win­ning the In­ter­na­tonal Art Com­pe­ti­tion in In­gle­ton has con­tin­ued this year.

For the fourth time in a row Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate has en­tered stu­dents’ art work into the In­ter­na­tional Art Com­pe­ti­tion in In­gle­ton in Eng­land.

This year there were en­tries from 11 coun­tries and Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate en­tered 10 paint­ings of which five re­ceived plac­ings.

In the 13-to 14-year-old age group Kyle Pearce took first in the judge’s choice cat­e­gory, first in vis­i­tor’s choice was Melissa Henry and sec­ond in vis­i­tor’s choice was Tahlia Watarawi.

In the in­flu­ences cateogry, Natalya Short came sec­ond for vis­i­tor’s choice in the 8 to 12-year-old age group.

In man­made struc­tures Ja­cob Reece came first in the vis­i­tor’s choice cat­e­gory for 11-to 12-year olds.

Art teacher Mau­reen Kings­ley said she en­cour­aged her stu­dents to be­come bet­ter artists.

‘‘I stand over them and say fix that, add a bit of light here, make it dark here. I think that helps,’’ Mrs Kings­ley said. ‘‘ I am thrilled for those kids. Be­cause some of them are quite blown away at the fact that they won some­thing.’’

Artists from Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate will also have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a two day art work­shop at Waikato Uni­ver­sity.

Around five stu­dents from in­ter­me­di­ate schools around Waikato and Bay of Plenty will at­tend Waikato Uni­ver­sity each term where they will at­tend classes with top artists from around the Waikato.

ARTISTS: Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate’s in­ter­na­tional award win­ning artists stu­dents (from left) Tahlia Watarawi, Natayla Short, Melissa Henry, Kyle Pearce and Ja­cob Reece.

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