School pops with colour


Locally inspired . . . Clinton Primary School pupils (from left) Juno (9) and Freddy (7) Allan are excited for the nature›inspired murals around their school, all painted by local artist Alice Blake. PHOTOS: EVELYN THORN
Remodelled . . . Clinton pupils (from left) Juno and Freddy Allan show off what used to be a plain stone grey entrance, now bursting with nature› inspired murals at Clinton Primary School.

Clinton Primary School has recently been brightened with a pop of colour and fun, and pupils, parents and teachers are already loving the new change.

The school’s entrance and a selection of walls had been in need of something vibrant, and talented local artist Alice Blake provided just that.

Clinton Primary School’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) member Laura Allan said a minor change had enormously improved the school’s appearance.

‘‘We’ve got a passionate group of parents in the PTA at Clinton Primary and we really wanted to do something to brighten up the school. We have worked really hard with various fundraising ventures and now it has uplifted the school along with the community even more,’’ she said.

Alice Blake said she has been painting murals for ‘‘forever,’’ and has painted many murals throughout the Otago and Southland regions. She was excited to decorate Clinton Primary because she knew it would help to reflect their personality as a school.

‘‘When I was painting, locals were stopping by and expressing their enthusiasm and support for the murals. It’s nice to see that the Clinton community is so progressive and uplifting,’’ Mrs Blake said.

‘‘The PTA were so proactive in sending ideas and the kids were so excited for it.’’

The selected walls now have decorations including tui, fantails and koru plants, along with butterflies, donuts and other art suggested by the PTA and the pupils.

Mrs Allan and another PTA member Kate Stainton both agreed that the entrance along with the walls near the playground look very smart and detailed.

‘‘Our knowledge of art is minimal and our instructions to Alice were probably hilarious, but she did such an amazing job. She got the kids involved and summed up the nature surrounding our school on one side, then she had free rein to go bright and fun on the other side. She completed it all in about a week, and we’re very proud of the walls now,’’ Mrs Allan said.

More details can be seen on Mrs Blake’s Facebook page Alice›Muiral›ArtistDecorator or at the primary school.