School’s Christmas ‘art cave’ a cracker
Absolutely astonishing. It was impossible to walk into Winchester School hall last week without at least mouthing the word ‘‘Wow!’’
Take a year’s worth of school art – a plethora of paintings, papier mache insects and spiders, paperbag houses, paper lanterns, pom-pom trolls, clay hedgehogs and turtles, stuffed toys, flax kites, bead marionettes, cardboard masks – and display it all together in one, admittedly rather large, room, and the result is a colourful and undeniable ‘‘Wow!’’
The hall was transformed into a glorious Aladdin’s Cave of artwork for the school’s end of year Festival of Arts. Because it was taken over by visual arts, the end of year performing arts component of the festival – kapa haka, dance, choral, drama and ukulele took place across the road in the Reformed Church building.
Principal Dan Murphy says it has been four years since the school has had the art display.
‘‘We usually do it every two years, but it makes it more magical when you do it like this.’’
The work that has been put into decorating the hall is admirable in itself, with each class responsible for an area. The kaleidoscopic effect of their combined efforts is magical.
As part of the festival, the school’s top three artists were also acknowledged with certificates and having their paintings framed to hang in the school. The honours went to Lucia Kearney, 11, for year 5 and 6; Amanda Popovich, 9, for year 3 and 4 and Milan Glintmeyer, 7, for year 1 and 2.
Their work will join a framed collection of children’s art hanging throughout the administration block, various offices and corridors, that Dan says goes back 20 years.
‘‘Art is an important part of any child’s education.’’
‘‘We’re quite an international school with children here from many countries and several refugee families.’’
He says art is one way of helping connect the diverse nationalities , and the impact of the massed displayed results was truly striking.
Winchester School’s top artists show their artwork in the hall, from left, Lucia Kearney, 11, with ‘‘Poppies on the Battlefield’’; Milan Glintmeyer, 7, with ‘‘Tui’’; Amanda Popovich, 9, with ‘‘Dragonfly’’.