Taranaki students win big in national art competition
VANESSA LAURIE / Stuff
Evie Sellen was one of three Green School students to place first in Aotearoa’s National ‘Our Papatūānuku’ competition with her digital art.
A school in Taranaki has won three first prizes in a national art competition that will add its work to a book and be featured at an international conference on climate change.
Green School enabled students in grades 1-9 to win first place in Aotearoa’s National ‘Our Papatūānuku’ competition.
Students from across the country submitted projects in the categories of poetry, graphic arts, illustration, and mixed media representing their care and concern for the Earth.
Kyan Hoskin, Evie Sellen and Nina Roorda-Vianna all earned first place in their divisions and were three of nine Green School students to place.
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All the work of the winners from across New Zealand will be published in a book and presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt at the end of the year.
Nina entered her mixed media sculpture, Opposites, in the ninth through tenth grade division of the competition and placed first.
“It represents that we humans are destroying Papatūānuku with trash, so I made half a forest and half a town.
“I had no idea I was going to win, I was really surprised.”
And it was a common theme for the other two Green School students who also won their division.
Evie, another ninth grade student, created a digital poster of a wolf with superimposed images of the damage humans have done to the earth.
“Wolves are my favorite animal, so I wanted to portray Papatūānuku as a wolf because she is a carrier and she protects everything.”
Evie said art was one of her favorite subjects and she had never won a competition like this.
“It was pretty amazing, I was pretty happy and mom was in tears.”
Kyan is six years old and came into the division from grade one to grade two where he placed first, which he says made him really happy.
His drawing, Papatūānuku through the eyes of the children of the earth, was of an eye with aspects of the world as he saw it.
“I drew a mountain and an octopus and from my eyes I could see a rainbow and the sunset.”
Art teacher Sarah McCarrison helped the students with their projects and said it was great to see them “expressing themselves through different media”.
“I tried to be hands-off because it was a competition and I wanted them to give feedback on their artwork.”
“[The Earth] is a priority at Green School, we talk about our concern for the environment, so it was something they were quite comfortable talking about.
Other Taranaki placeholders were from New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Inglewood High School.