Kinder­garten ex­hi­bi­tion at the Suter

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON -

Chil­dren from Nay­land Kinder­garten are real artists now that they’ve ex­hib­ited their works at the Nel­son Suter Art Gallery.

Teacher Lynette Cain said the art ex­hi­bi­tion was ‘‘a cel­e­bra­tion of our chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity through visual art’’.

The art works were put to­gether by 55 chil­dren from 2 to 5 years old.

Pupil Archer Atkin­son said mak­ing art ‘‘makes me feel happy’’, while pupil Harry Robert­son said he liked draw­ing and ‘‘us­ing the pens to make the cir­cles’’.

Not ev­ery child was as de­lighted by the visual arts, with pupil Mar­lon Tobaiwa say­ing ’’I’m not an artist’’.

Cain said the teach­ers val­ued each chil­dren’s art as ‘‘se­ri­ous work’’.

‘‘Chil­dren’s art is a way for them to ex­press how they feel, think and view the world.

‘‘Most chil­dren nat­u­rally en­gage in and en­joy some form of art, as ev­i­dent by the va­ri­ety of art medi­ums dis­played in this ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘Teach­ers and chil­dren have learnt that visual arts oc­curs in all ar­eas of the kinder­garten, and is not lim­ited to an art ta­ble.’’

Cain said the chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to work with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and ex­per­i­ment with colour, shape, de­sign, tex­ture and com­po­si­tion.

‘‘The art­works the chil­dren have cre­ated have given the chil- dren a sense of pride, and con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to see work through to com­ple­tion, to prob­lem solve and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of each oth­ers abil­i­ties.

‘‘The teach­ers ac­knowl­edge the process of cre­at­ing is what is most im­por­tant and not what is ac­tu­ally cre­ated.

‘‘How­ever the end prod­uct is seen as taonga, a trea­sure, to be re­spected and ad­mired.’’

MARTIN DE RUYTER

Nay­land Kinder­garten chil­dren Eloise Gal­braith, left, Amanda Court-Crow­ell, Mar­lon Tobaiwa, Archer Atkin­son, Escher Laufkot­ter, In­die Fer­gu­son, Harry Robert­son, Char­lie Comer and Pheobe McNatty with some of their art work at the Suter Art Gallery.

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