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Aiming high: Cromwell teenagers Hugh
Cocks, standing left, Bryn Gibson, Jonathan
Streeter, Will Harrison, Elsa Mannering,
Jonathan Smith, Dave Borrie and Will
Douglas, seated left, and Leroy Bird (Absent:
Carlin Sugrue), are fundraising for a trip to
the Himalayas next year. Sagarmatha, a new
wine label meaning Everest in Nepalese, has
been launched to help. Sale proceeds from
two premium Central Otago wines,
Sagarmatha Pinot Noir and Sagarmatha
Pinot Gris will go to Phortse School in the
Solukhumbu District deep in the Himalayas,
which the students will pass through on their
21-day trek from Gokyo Valley via Chola Pass
to Everest Base Camp. Their trip marks the
60th anniversary of the first ascent to Mount
Everest by the late Sir Edmund Hillary in
1953. The visit to the Everest region was
inspired by the school motto "Whaia te
traumata -- Pursue the Highest Peaks" and
''Deserve Success''. Participation will count
towards the students' Duke of Edinburgh's
Hillary Awards. Sagarmatha wine orders can
be made through Cromwell College, or the
expedition website www.ebc2013.co.nz.
Photo: TIM HAWKINS
Teachers become pupils in art class
New meaning to old shapes: Award-winning Artist
Megan Huffadine's unique wall sculptures.Photo: SUPPLIED
By MARY-JO TOHILL
Arty: Clyde School teachers practising what they preach by repetition to get their sketches just
right under the expert tuition of award winning Bannockburn artist Megan Huffadine.
Photo: MARY-JO TOHILL
It was a case of the teachers becoming the
pupils at Clyde Primary School this week
when award winning Bannockburn
artist Megan Huffadine took staff for a
When she is not teaching art, Ms
Huffadine exhibits her work, recently
picking up her fourth sculpture award in
the last 12 months, winning the
Invercargill Licensing Trust Art Awards
sculpture prize for the second time, as
well as being awarded the Waitakere Art
Awards Lincoln Green sculpture award
in Auckland, and featuring prominently
in the Central Otago Art Awards.
Her winning work at the ILT Awards, a
wall-work of 22 individual sculptures,
drew on her experience in archaeology
and working in museums, emphasising
how objects survive and outlast the lives
of their makers and owners, Ms
''I'm fascinated by the ambiguity of
shapes and the different things they can
mean. This reflects the telling and
retelling of histories and that's how
artists tell stories.''
In her art and sculpture, Ms Huffadine
said she worked on the principal that
objects could be broken down into a
series of simple shapes, then built on
layer by layer to complete the picture or
This week's lesson was about sketching
some of Clyde's old heritage buildings.
''The good thing about old buildings is
that you don't have to be perfect. You can
do wobbly lines, and miss bits, and it
doesn't really matter,'' she told her class.
However she is still a stickler for good
technique. On her second session with
Ms Huffadine, teacher Cherelle Gibson
said ''she is an inspiration''.
''You can do different styles using the
same technique. It's great for kids
because you can adapt the style to any
Mrs Gibson said it was good to draw on
the skills of community artists.
Each teacher went away with a whole set
of notes covering how to teach sketching.
Ms Huffadine teaches regularly at
Cromwell and Omakau primary schools
and has taught at Otago polytechnic,
fitting in weekend workshops and
private tuition around her own exhibi-
tions and commissions.
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