Children find their inner artist

Zadie Tarbitt (4 1/2) demonstrates her understanding of composition. Photo supplied.
Zadie Tarbitt (4 1/2) demonstrates her understanding of composition. Photo supplied.
The artistic heights children can reach before their fifth birthday will be on display at the Dunedin Railway Station gallery from Saturday.

The exhibition, ''People, Places and Things'', features art by children at the Early Childhood on Stafford early childhood education centre, who have been tutored by art educator and practising artist Rod Eales.

''It gives adults an idea of what is possible in early childhood if there is an art educator present, taking them as far as they can go,'' Eales said.

The standard of art in the show, by children from 6 months to 5 years, would surprise, she said.

The older children at the centre were taken on field trips, and Harbour Cone, Pineapple Rock and cabbage trees feature in their work.

Their work in the show was done over a five-month period during which they worked on their art every day, and became conversant with the language of line and colour and composition.

''The imagery is really vibrant and really alive. There is such a range of work, I think it will appeal to quite a range of people,'' Eales said. The exhibition opens on Saturday and runs until April 28.

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