Creativity for school holidays

by Andy Bryenton

School holidays are coming soon, and as usual, the search is on for activities to keep kids engaged and interested while they are out of the classroom. This time of year the weather can’t entirely be relied upon for outdoor pursuits, so what better time to grow some skills, which will provide life-long enjoyment and possibly even a career?

Taking some basic first steps in art is easy and fun, as two local artists will show their students at a free series of workshops for creative young people these school holidays.

Robyn Mitchell and Pat Mortensen are both members of the Dargaville Arts Association, and they are enthusiastic when it comes to sharing their love of colour, shape and form with a new generation. Pat’s painting workshop delivers oil on canvas skills, while Robyn will teach the principle of making fun interactive cards.

Thanks to a generous grant from Creative Communities, all the workshops are free of charge. Please see the booking information on page two of this newspaper.

“Both of these classes have been very popular in the past,” say the artists, “so first come will be first served. You can make your booking at the Muddy Waters Gallery between Saturday and Tuesday 11am to 3pm, or Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Your children will be well looked after and will stay on-site for the duration of the workshop until you come to pick them up.” Hurry and book in now for some artistic school holiday fun pursuits. Bring old clothes (in case of paint spots), a cold drink and some nibbles to fuel the creative process!