Silent art auction to fund computers

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 11:59 07/12/2012
Riverton Primary School silent art auction
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Riverton Primary School pupils, from left, Olivia Carran, Taylor Elder and Toby Walker, all 5, check out some of the artwork for sale in the school’s silent auction this week.

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Young Riverton artists are hoping to swap pictures for pixels during a silent art auction this week.

Riverton Primary School is holding the auction, which includes works by pupils as well as established guest artists, to raise money for new classroom computers.

Principal Pam Fleck said the school decided to fundraise for the technology after first prioritising physical activity, by building a new playground earlier this year.

"The next big development is more good technology, but we figured it was more important for kids to play."

Each class had spent a day with art teacher Linda Compton learning the tricks of the trade, and pupils had produced images of animals, architectural scenes, underwater vistas and floral arrangements to sell.

Even some of the teachers had tried their hand at painting for the cause.

The minimum bid on each artwork was $10, and parents were encouraged to pop into the school to bid on their children's work, she said.

"The idea, of course, is that grandparents come and bid more."

Work by guest artists such as John Husband and Kerry Menzies would be auctioned on Trade Me during the next week to raise extra funds for the computers.

Until then, the art was on display in the school office, Mrs Fleck said.

"It's been really good for the kids because the kids are all looking at the guest artists' work as well. It's sort of been art appreciation."

Bids on the children's artwork close on today, and can be made at Riverton Primary School.

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