STUDENT`S ART IN CAMELLIA SOCIETY DISPLAYBy Peter Corlett
Camellias — an inspiration for colourful artworks
The colourful displays of camellia blooms around Waikanae School became the inspiration for a wide range of childrens’ artworks, which were displayed at the Camellia Society’s exhibition in the Waikanae Memorial Hall on the 1st of September.
Artworks included paintings, sketches and photographs. The artwork was judged by Paraparaumu College art department HOD, Nick Hoddinott, and fellow teacher Celina Jennings, who have been judging the Camellia Society’s children’s artwork for the last few years . They commented on the high quality of the art, which they said indicated some very talented children would be entering local colleges in the future.
“Our Kapiti Branch of the Camellia Society greatly appreciates having the art to decorate the bare walls of the Memorial Hall. We enjoy being able to include the Schools in the local Show. All the Art goes from the Show to the Waikanae Library for further display [which] is an added bonus. It is stunning to go into the library and see the art all over the walls up the stairs and in the Children’s Section. There is always a most appreciative and enthusiastic response to the display at the Show. People are always commenting in the most complimentary way, and now that we supply free entry passes for children accompanied by an adult, we have many more visiting the show,” she added.
Two of the winners in the photography section who received prizes, Roman Avery and Luke Jaggi, year 5 and Year 6 pupils from Waikanae School, were among the 25 children present with their parents at the awards ceremony.
Kapiti Branch President, Brian Hartley said “Over the years we have seen a progressive improvement in the standard of the art work. This year there were more techniques used and many outstanding entries. The 255 entries were exhibited on the walls of the Hall and on two large trestles. They complimented the 315 blooms exhibited. Importantly the Art Work added to the vibrancy and colour of the occasion. It is great for our Branch to have a relationship with the children involved. It exposes the children to an aspect of horticulture and in this case it is the Camellia. They learn and appreciate what a Camellia is, their different sizes, shapes, colour and beauty”.