Youths, artist unite through creativity

Holiday art . . . All ages are welcome at Lawrence’s creative workshops, facilitated by Jan Harper (left) and Rachel Taylor. PHOTOS: JAN HARPER
Treasure trove . . . Holiday art sessions aim to encourage creativity from collage to performing arts.

Lawrence Creative Arts’ second set of school holiday art sessions was a great success last month in joining young people with local artist and former town butcher Jan Harper.

For three sessions over three days, Harper led the children with the assistance of community arts facilitator Rachel Taylor in making their own collaged treasure boxes.

The children were encouraged to come up with a theme for their box based on their own personal interests, and to explore composition, colour and working with 3D materials.

Themes included steampunk, hunting and gaming.

‘‘The art sessions are designed to connect a local creative with local youth to share knowledge, creative passion and make new friends,’’ Mrs Taylor said.

‘‘Sessions are subsidised and the group has applied for local funding with the intention of developing a full-year programme that will be offered for free.’’

Other projects included the national Lawrence Art Competition, Children’s Art Competition and a writing workshop supported by the Clutha Creative Communities.

Lawrence Creative Arts is planning on bringing exhibitions, musical theatre and performance to the Tuapeka region.

The group is always on the lookout to connect with passionate, skilled locals who would like to develop a programme.

Anyone interested in becoming involved either by enrolling their child or developing a programme can contact Rachel Taylor via [email protected]