Artist glad to go to school

Peter Cleverley
Peter Cleverley
Kakanui artist Peter Cleverley says he is looking forward to working with pupils at Weston School as part of the Artists in Schools programme.

The programme, now in its second year, means professional artists in dance, drama, music and visual arts can work with primary and secondary school pupils.

This year, 44 schools have been selected, including 12 in the South Island.

The others in Otago were North East Valley Normal School, Waihola District School and Dunedin North Intermediate.

Weston School principal Nicky Ryan was thrilled the school had been selected for the 10-week programme, which starts on June 22, saying it was "very special".

Mr Cleverley, who divides his time between lecturing at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin and painting in his studio, told the children at a special assembly recently he was "just so fortunate" to be able to work with them.

Working in a free classroom, which would be used as a studio, they would be making art of both two and three-dimensions, which would be used to fit out the interior of the school's new administration block.

He was grateful for Otago Polytechnic, both the administration department and the art school, for getting him paid research time off to do the project.


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