Pacific Art in the wonderlab

Pacific Art in the wonderlab

Something very cool has been happening in the Forrester Gallery lately. Students from Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College have been visiting. It has been wonderful having the youth of Waitaki attending and performing at the openings and Artist talks. Some made art for the wonderlab, inspired by the artists in the exhibition KERMADEC:LINES IN THE OCEAN.

Special mention goes to the Year 10 group I worked with from Waitaki Girls’ High School with Art teacher Anna McIntosh. The students made linocut prints after researching tapa cloth, pacific images and patterns and art by Samoan Artist Fatu Feu'u. I went into their class to help teach techniques of linocutting. The final prints were printed onto on sewing pattern tissue paper and brown paper. The students also visited the gallery courtesy of the Friends of the Forrester. (Waitaki Girls’ High School won the free bus prize from the Friends of the Forrester as part of the 2014 Burns Memorial Exhibition).

The finished artworks can be viewed in the wonderlab.

Elizabeth King