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Thursday November 5, 2015

Award winning art class has lesson in mixing paint

The Ridgeway After School Art Class at last week’s session.

Kajol Patel mixes paint with Barry Thomas. By Nikki Papatsoumas

Award winning students from a local art class had the chance to mix their very own paint last week. The Ridgeway After School Art Class meets every Thursday at the Vogelmorn Hall in Brooklyn. Recently the students entered a competition which called on local artists to design the front panels of the Brooklyn Community

Centre. Their entry was judged the best and the design will be painted on the front of the community centre later this year. Tutor Rowena Fry said the class was given prize money after winning the design competition. “I decided to use it in teaching something that I couldn’t teach.” So last Thursday, Island Bay resident Barry Thomas,

taught the children how to make their own paint, using ground up minerals mixed with egg. The film maker and artist said he had been mixing his own paint for more than 20 years. “It’s a magical transformation turning rock into something you can paint your bedroom with. “It is a wonderful thing it changes the way you think about dirt.”

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Winning young writer, Augusta Collett with teacher and writing club organiser from Wellington East Girl’s College Libby List and President of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society, Nicola Saker.

Short story a winner A Wellington East Girls’ College student has won a Katherine Mansfield short story award. Year 13 student Augusta Collett was presented with the award at a ceremony held at Old St Paul's Cathedral last month. The teen said she was thrilled to win the award for her story, The Autologist. The competition was open to top English students from around Wellington.

The students were required to submit a short story, with the winner taking home a $500 bursary. Award winning author and judge of the competition, Kate De Goldi, said while the standard of entries was high, The Autologist was the clear winner. “This is a wonderfully ambitious story. It brings to the page a vivid, believable material world with three characters made

briefly real, acting out an idea that stays with the reader for some time after the story’s end.” Augusta was presented her award by the President of the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society, Nicola Saker. “We've run school awards for some years now, but this year we decided to make the award a competition and offer the winning young writer a bursary of $500, Nicola said.”

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