Term Two in the Art Room

Thank you to Kerry Lomas for this week’s post about some of the wonderful work being produced in the art room. Kerry’s opening paragraph (skip ahead and read it!) reminded me of my own art teacher in primary school. Her name was Belinda, she wore denim overalls which, to my six-year-old mind seemed perfect for an artist, and she had wild, curly blonde hair that she secured in a bun with a pencil or paintbrush. At the time, I was vaguely aware that art was not my strength (based on the fact that I couldn’t draw a horse very well, compared to my best friend who always managed to get the horse’s neck right and the legs looking like they were galloping, as opposed to my efforts which resulted in a giraffe-horse-hybrid with legs sticking out at all angles). But none of that mattered when I entered the art room – Belinda’s enthusiasm for mixing colours, molding clay, potato printing and weaving transformed me. 

About ten years ago, when my kids were quite little, I was pushing a pram up Wellington Street, past Trinity when I spotted a woman with wild, curly blonde hair, herding a class to their next lesson. It was Belinda. I introduced myself and thanked her for the happy hours spent in her art room all those years ago. She was still an art teacher and she still loved her job, although the denim overalls and the paintbrush in the hair were gone.

Over to Kerry

art-room-1I often tell students I have the best job in the world as I get to do what I love everyday, which is to create and encourage others to create. Helping students challenge themselves brings me much joy and also provides me with inspiration for my own artwork. Watching children create reminds me to not always be burdened with information on colour theory, artistic movements and technique. Rather, it encourages me to draw, paint and colour with the wild and beautiful abandon I witness in the Kew Primary Art Room daily. Continue reading