15 Feb New mural an acknowledgement of academic success

A vibrant new mural, recently installed on the Nayland College gymnasium wall, celebrates the successes of a talented group of senior art students. Painters Milena Baden, Maddy Hansen, Imogen Lunn and Holly Maitland worked through the summer holidays to produce the piece, which was funded by the Parent Teacher Association.

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Milena explained that inspiration for the work came from a mural at the front of the school, which she had admired throughout her time at Nayland. Working from reference photos of a group of Year 13 students, the girls used Andy Dixon as their artist model, whose colourful realism effectively represented Nayland College students.

The mural is an acknowledgement of the support the students have received from the art department throughout their studies. Maddy and Milena both achieved 2014 Scholarship in painting, representing the top 3 percent of students nationally. Maddy, Holly and Milena have also been accepted into Ilam Art School at the University of Canterbury, where they will begin their studies at the end of February. ? Head of Art, Mike Friend, explained that the course is highly regarded and “to have three [students accepted] from one school is an outstanding achievement.” He hoped that more murals would be painted at Nayland College to celebrate the strength of the visual arts at the school.

Read the Nelson Mail article here.