Bee art project hits sweet spot

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By SHELLEY TOPP

Ashgrove School students have created a portfolio of bee art to be exhibited at the first annual South Island Bee Conference in Rangiora this September.

The All About BeesĀ conference was initiated by Ashley’s Susani Gebhardt. It is being organised by her with a team of five others.

Susani is a beekeeper and instigator of the new Rangiora Bee Club.

She wanted to hold the conference to “widen the horizon” of knowledge about bees and the new club.

The conference will be held on Sunday, September 2, from 9.30am to 5pm at Rossburn Receptions in Rangiora.

The organisers invited North Canterbury schools to contribute bee art for an exhibition at the conference. Five schools are participating. The bee art will be displayed in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre in Kaiapoi this month and then at the bee conference.

Ashgrove School teacher Fiona Bester said the bee art was done by year four to six students as part of their focus on the arts this year.

“We have already done a production of Alice! An Adventure in Wonderland,” she says.

With the bee art project, workshops were held and the children were given a choice about what art medium they wanted to use. The result is a mix of water colours, pastels, sketches, painting and alternative craft collages.

The children said they enjoyed working on the project and being able to choose their medium.