Kindergarten exhibition at the Suter
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.’’
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.