School puts on big art auction

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Last updated 16:00 27/11/2012
Michelle MacGibbon
Emma Allen

Under the hammer: Renwick School teacher Michelle MacGibbon with some of the pupils’ artwork up for auction at the Renwick Community Hall this week.

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A staff member's take on a renowned expressionist painting is among the artwork in Renwick School's art auction this week.

School cleaner Christine Velleman has created her version of The Scream, by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

"It's a continual reaction to her discovering paint on the carpet in the classrooms," auction organiser Michelle MacGibbon said with a laugh.

The children are taking a lesson in art appreciation after producing more than 500 artworks for the auction.

Mrs MacGibbon, a year 3 and 4 teacher who has a master of fine arts, came up with the idea and said all 506 pupils had contributed something for the auction, as well as teachers and a few people in the community. The artworks, which have a $3 reserve, vary from paintings and sculpture to collages and fabric art.

Money raised will go towards the $2000 needed to buy 15 digital cameras so each classroom has one instead of sharing five between them.

Pupils had been working on their art projects for the first half of the year and Mrs MacGibbon said they were of a high standard. "It's really good for them to be able to learn to critique their own and others' work and let them see what each age group are able to achieve."

A silent auction of pupils' artwork is being held at the school hall each day this week from 8.30am till 9.30am and 2.30pm till 3.30pm.

The live auction for both staff and pupils' artwork will be held on Friday, from 5.30pm till 7pm.

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