The Incubator Creative Hub is passionate about supporting exhibitions by our rangatahi and tamariki. They are excited to present Practise What You Preach, a collaboration between Otumoetai Intermediate School students and their tutor Nik Williams.
The exhibition, which is showing at The People’s Gallery from 13 February to 7 March, demonstrates how the students have responded to a particular painting created by their tutor. The project challenges the students to employ methods such as layering to create texture, light and depth.
There will also be works showcasing 3D masks based on Italian Commedia D’larte performance masks, paintings based on still-life, and portraits inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nik Williams, resident artist and valued member of the Incubator Creative Hub, is also the popular art teacher at Otumoetai Intermediate. Nik recently migrated to Aotearoa from the United Kingdom, where he had a secondary school art background.
“Throughout my teaching career I have loved inspiring children through a full range of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage; whilst referencing numerous artists’ work to broaden their learning.
Art gallery visits have frequently been included and encouraged in my teaching. My passion and enthusiasm for the arts has been driven by a personal philosophy of the importance of the arts in a child’s education and development. I strongly believe that creative thinking, questioning and the making of art underpins and enhances so many other aspects of a child’s cognitive thinking and development.
Children who are encouraged to use the right side of their brain can understand that there is more than one way to respond to a question or scenario as well as appreciating that creative journeys through art can have unpredictable, unplanned and often exciting outcomes.”
The Incubator and Nik Williams invite you to celebrate the launch at the Incubator Creative Hub on Saturday 13 February 10am.