Pupils reveal artistic talents

22:30, Dec 06 2012
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Collage boxes by room 3
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Spring Trees by room 3
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Dallas Church 13 and Braden Healy 12 point out the artwork by their class
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Liam Mortimer, 9, loves to paint
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Art by the Riverlands new entrants
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Artwork by the Riverlands School new entrants
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Spring Blossoms by room 1
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Woven People by room 3

Self-portraits, koru art, garden weaving and Monet-style Impressionist paintings were among the colourful artworks on display in the Riverlands School hall this week as part of the school's biennial art show.

New-entrant teacher Karen Paterson, who has been involved in organising the art show since 2002, said pupils had been working on and setting aside pieces to exhibit for the past year.

The school's 230 pupils each contributed up to three artworks, which had to be in line with the different art technique set for their classroom.

"So it's just magic walking into the hall and seeing all their work," Mrs Paterson said.

"The little ones can do [artwork that is] just as good as the older ones - it's just a matter of giving them the time."

The art show's opening on Monday morning had a far-reaching impact, Mrs Paterson said.

Pupils had released nine blue helium balloons with the school's contact details attached.

About 90 minutes later, the school received a phone call from a teacher who had found one of the balloons at the Renouf Tennis Centre in Brooklyn, Wellington.

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