Children gain artistic inspiration
Learning through art at Suter Kids ClubANNA PEARSON
A group of aspiring young artists has been channelling their inner Rita Angus in art classes at the Suter Gallery.
Their self-portrait puppets were inspired by looking at works in an Angus exhibition at the Suter with the gallery's educator, Esther McNaughton, as part of the Suter Kids Club after-school programme.
Most of their creations are "alter-egos", but some are an extension of their personality, such as 9-year-old Ebony Doyle's bunny. "I like hopping," she says.
"The main thing was to take something important from art history and make it fun and engaging for the kids. It worked really well," says Ms McNaughton.
"I liked that in some of her paintings she included the person's personality," says 10-year-old Annie Davies.
The children practised drawings of their personalities before painting on to their puppets.
Haruka Yamamoto, 9, says he put a twinkle in the eye of his one to bring it to life.
Taliyah Sivyer, 8, drew a "cheeky bunny" as her alter-ego.
"I'm not really cheeky," she says.
Ms McNaughton says the children in the Suter Kids Club lapped up their weekly lessons with a voracious appetite.
"Every single kid in this class is completely into it. They're just amazing.
"They love it.
"It's a really satisfying class to teach."
Ms McNaughton says some of them have been part of the club since they were 6, so "it's kind of like they're part of the Suter family".
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