Music inspires young artists' work

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014
Riley Fawkner
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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE: Jack McLaren of West End Primary School gives his creativity free rein as they painted flags to go on display at Womad.

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Paint brushes were whipped out at New Plymouth's West End Primary School yesterday as students got busy creating flags for the Womad Festival.

About 1500 hand-made flags will be flown over the festival's Shell NZ Kidzone area so visitors can admire the children's artwork.

Womad runs from March 14 to March 16 and the three-day music and arts festival features international acts from America to Japan, as well as New Zealand singer Kimbra.

Yesterday, a group of West End's new entrants embraced the upcoming festival atmosphere as they painted up music-inspired flags.

The hour-long art sessions are held by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery education officers, Chris Barry and Rebecca Fawkner-Egli.

The children were also introduced to different music from around the world.

Riley Fawkner, 5, liked being able to paint his own flag and the dancing session which took place earlier was just as enjoyable, he said.

West End teacher Sally Greer said the morning had been a mix of music and artwork.

Ms Greer said the school used to take their students about three times a year to the gallery before it was temporarily closed for earthquake strengthening.

"It's always a fantastic time and the children always enjoyed it," Ms Greer said.

Another round of flag painting continues today for West End students before the team heads off to Mangorei School on Monday and Stratford's St Joseph's School the following day

Ms Fawkner-Egli said 19 schools in Taranaki region have taken part in the programme.

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