Teachers the focus of exhibition

by Anonymous Author

Art teachers will feature in the latest exhibition at the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield.

The Beyond the Syllabus exhibition will feature the work of art teachers: Brent Firkin, Simon Ogden, Kate Rivers, Fiona Van Oyen and Jan Robertson, who was the judge at last year’s Malvern Community Arts Council’s Darfield Artweek.

Ms Robertson, who is currently head of the art department at Rangiora High School, began her study of painting and sculpture as an adult student at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts.
MCAC arts co-ordinator, Katrina Ellis, said Jan’s practice is influenced by found materials and the associations we attach to these.

“In her recent works she has included children’s wooden blocks, creating an architectural aspect, in connection to the experiences of rebuilding in Canterbury after the earthquakes.”

Another exhibitor, Brent Firkin, served as head of art at Oxford Area School for 22 years.
Fiona Van Oyen, is a former art teacher at Darfield High School, while Kate Rivers, has taught at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School since 1999.

Simon Ogden holds a first-class honours degree in sculpture, and a masters in painting. He has been involved in the teaching of fine arts for many years and has established and curated many exhibitions with students and ex-students.
The Beyond the Syllabus exhibition opens at the Selwyn Gallery on April 6 and runs through until May 3. The gallery will be open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 4pm for the duration of the show. ¢