Bid to energise art teachers

23:36, May 01 2014
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Ari Edgecomb with his paper, wire and wool creations at the workshop.

About 20 Southland educators and artists gathered at a workshop in Invercargill this week, curling paper, manipulating clay and being inspired and energised.

Run by the Murihiku Polyfest Trust, in conjunction with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust and the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), the workshops were designed to inspire southern art teachers and get them to share what they had learned with their students.

Polyfest trustee and coordinator Lisa Tou said the workshops were important for educators.

"There's not a lot of professional development in the arts for teachers," she said. "We're hungry for it down here."

Two internationally- recognised artists, Lonnie Hutchinson and Niki Hastings- McFall, led the three day workshops, where early childhood through to secondary school teachers worked at SIT with paper and clay, learning new techniques and making connections.

"It's been an inspiring experience for all involved," Tou said. "We're very fortunate to have them down here. They'll be back - I guarantee it."

The workshops culminated in a presentation evening at the SIT cafe on Wednesday night, where workshop attendees shared their creations with family and friends.



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