Nik’s work is helping pupils discover art

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CAPTION: Alan Mak, centre, at the Dunsbury Park development site.

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THOSE who can, do. But one teacher is proving that those who can, also teach.

Nik Williams, head of the art department at Henry Cort School in Fareham, has been both exhibiting his work and teaching others his technique at the Whiteley Shopping Village.

PAINTING Artist Nik Williams with, left, Jess Hemingway, 14, and Ida Kubisz, 15, from Henry Cort school in Fareham, in the Treehouse at Whiteley Shopping Village. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132380-513)

PAINTING Artist Nik Williams with, left, Jess Hemingway, 14, and Ida Kubisz, 15, from Henry Cort school in Fareham, in the Treehouse at Whiteley Shopping Village. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132380-513)

He won a competition to be able to use the centre’s Treehouse space for a week, which is a standalone studio space in the middle of the development.

In that time he has been teaching youngsters how to paint like him, and yesterday he welcomed some of his year 10 and 11 pupils to the venue.

He said: ‘I’ve been a teacher for the past 16 years but over the last 14 months or so I decided to do my own work as well.

‘I wanted to become an artist as well as a teacher because I think it’s important to bring the two together and show the students I’m doing my own work.

‘This is my first show, and it’s such a unique opportunity.

‘My absolute passion is teaching but it’s great to have this to support what I do in the classroom.

‘It’s been brilliant.’

The pupils said they had enjoyed their time in the Treehouse, learning Nik’s technique, which involves painting using a piece of card rather than a brush.

He has been assisted by Martha Whittingham, who also teaches art at the school and gave up her time to help Nik.

Her husband, Pompey manager Guy, will be at the centre on Sunday morning, between 11am and 11.30am, to present a signed shirt and other prizes to those youngsters who have most impressed Nik during the week.

Nik beat hundreds of other community groups to win the space for a week.

Next week the Prince’s Trust will be taking his place, and then there is only a fortnight left until the school holidays are over and the Treehouse is removed.

In its place, an oval building is going to be built to house a Yo Sushi restaurant.

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