Students drawn to complete portfolios

PETRICE TARRANT
Last updated 05:00 06/11/2012
 Jade O’Connor
PETRICE TARRANT

HARNESSING TALENT: Ruawai College year 11 student Jade O’Connor is producing fine results under new guidance.

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With fresh hands to guide them students are expressing artistic talents in new and exciting ways.

The year is coming to a close and Ruawai College's new head of art Julie Hale is seeing exceptional results from year 7 to year 13 students.

Seniors are working overtime, attending during lunch and after school sessions about three times a week to complete their portfolios and ensure they gain the 12 to 14 credits available.

Year 11 portfolios will be sent for marking today, year 12 on October 31, and year 13 on November 8.

A school art exhibition will be held when the portfolios return to showcase the "colourful, imaginative and often unseen work being created", Miss Hale says.

With the freedom to implement new ideas Miss Hale has made a few changes to the level 1 programme .

"New Zealand native birds, Maori carving and text were the starting point to the year's work."

This was followed by landscape, portraiture and modern technology, she says.

"The work the students have produced so far is really exciting, showing influences from contemporary Maori art, illustration, poster design and graffiti."

The dedicated year 12 and 13 students have taken a more personal approach in their folios, with a focus on portraiture and art that expresses their strengths.

"Video games, apocalyptic landscapes, deer, flora and surreal landscapes are some of the subject matter being explored by students."

With new programmes year 7, 8, 9 and 10 artists are showing promising talent too.

This year has been a peep into the pool of talent Miss Hale will work with in the future.

"I have high hopes for all of my students work and look forward to seeing their skills build."

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