Artist Isabella Nicholas with her painting ‘Tranquillity’. 20110642/20110622
Local school Apii Te Uki Ou collected $35,000 from the ‘Iconic Kia Orana’ art auction.
Nicholas’ artwork titled ‘Tranquility’ fetched the highest bid at the ‘Iconic
Kia Orana’ ATUO Art Auction this week.
magnificent painting of a leaning pandanus palm with beach and blue lagoon
backdrop sold for $2500 at the auction held at The Islander Hotel Thursday
grandmother Cassie Eggelton purchased the painting.
The senior Apii Te Uki Ou student described her painting through a poem:
The sea whispers to me and I wave my leaves back.
Tranquil and calm and at peace.
My roots tickle the sand and are kissed by the ocean.
Rest your head. Doze and be content.
Nicholas said: “I have learnt a lot from the past years of being in Art Extension. This year, I was able to learn how to blend my lights and darks to make it look more 3D and to give my painting more depth. I’ve really enjoyed peered modelling and tutoring. This is my favourite subject and I can’t wait to work with Mrs Harris again next year.”
students from Years 4 to 8 took part in the ATUO Art Extension programme this
year. The auction had 40 paintings as well as other art work contributed by
each class including preschool.
Uki Ou principal Mark Harris said the programme and the event fundraised
approximately $35,000 before expenses for the school.
said the auction showed that students’ artistic ability have grown to a whole
acknowledged school teacher Shannon Harris, who developed this programme over
the past four years while teaching at Apii Te Uki Ou.
Harris works with the extension students on one day a week for two terms to
help them develop their skills and create a piece of artwork they can be proud
of,” Mark Harris said.
Harris’ dedication and hard work is the driving force behind the success of
these events and our student’s artistic ability has grown to a level I have not
ever seen of students at primary level.”
first time in the history of the auction event, the school had international
interest from buyers outside of the Cook Islands.
and we are now seeing the quality of work. Students make 10 per cent of the
sold price for themselves and their hard work.
class including our preschool contributed to the evening creating pieces of art
for sale at the event. “
Harris acknowledged Rohan Ellis from The Islander Hotel who hosted the event
for the school and Jenna and George Tere from Picture Paradise for their
contribution to the preparation of the artworks for hanging and organisation of
thanked local artist Miriama Arnold for her involvement in the process along
with teachers and parents who helped along the way.
teacher Shannon Harris said: “There are no words to describe how extremely
proud I am of my art students this year. I feel overwhelmed at the turn out and
I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a generous, supportive community. A
huge thank you to everyone that was involved.”
Art Extension programme started in term two with students learning drawing
skills, painting techniques and colour theory while researching well-known
the end of the term, they designed their paintings, chose the size they would
like to work with and prepared their board ready for painting in term three.
the students whose art work were displayed have been in the Art Extension class
for three or four years.