Year 13 Mount Aspiring College (MAC) student Ruby Burke has painted a mural at the entrance to Wānaka Preschool as part of her students in the community volunteer hours.
Lead teacher at the preschool, Katrina Brewer, said the piece was chosen to “complement the kowhai trees that sit adjacent to the painting and complement our values as an enviro school.”
MAC’s students in the community programme is the only programme of its type in the country, with over 50,000 hours of voluntary community time having been contributed by MAC students since its conception in 1995.
“We wanted an art piece that speaks not only to Wānaka Preschool's philosophy but that of the community,” Brewer said. “Ruby has captured how much we appreciate the beauty of nature and the gifts of living here. I love that you can see the art from the moment you step inside the gate.”
Burke said that she “wanted to help our area by using my skills,” so was excited to help Wānaka Preschool with the artwork. “I love being able to encourage younger people through my art, as I have had a lot of help from older artists, and painting the mural for the Wānaka preschool was a great way to interact with the children,” she added.
Burke said she intended to study Fine Arts at Massey University next year, and from there pursue a career in art.
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