Hash­tag suc­cess for stu­dents’ art

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Art teacher Shiona Herbert, front, with Perth artist Di Tay­lor and 14 of Peren­jori Pri­mary School’s young artists. Tamra Carr

From hum­ble be­gin­nings at a Mid West school of 41-strong, to in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised artists, the stu­dents at Peren­jori Pri­mary School have been mak­ing waves with their re­cent win of the North Mid­lands Peo­ples’ Choice Award, a $1000 cash prize for their art bud­get, and the grow­ing global pop­u­lar­ity of their #ar­ti­tu­pat­peren­jori In­sta­gram hash­tag.

Peren­jori’s artists in the mak­ing par­tic­i­pated in a com­pe­ti­tion run by not-for-profit com­mu­nity ca­pac­ity-build­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion North Mid­lands Project, which had chil­dren from five schools in the re­gion cre­ate a vis­ual di­ary based on bushranger Frank Thomas.

Af­ter dozens of stu­dent di­aries were show­cased at the Min­genew Expo, Peren­jori Show and Car­namah His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum, pub­lic votes were tal­lied up and Peren­jori Pri­mary was an­nounced the win­ner. Art teacher Shiona Herbert said her stu­dents were de­lighted.

“It gave our stu­dents a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in col­lab­o­ra­tive art on a district and State level, and an op­por­tu­nity for them to shine,” she said. “They are ab­so­lutely de­lighted.” Ms Herbert said they sat down to dis­cuss what to pur­chase with their win­nings.

“The stu­dents wanted lovely, ba­sic school items like new pen­cils and paints, bless their lit­tle cot­ton socks,” she said.

“I’d like to in­tro­duce the stu­dents to more tex­tile works, and take our kids in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions of art out­side of draw­ing and paint­ing.

“It might sound a bit bor­ing, but I’d like to get a new pair of tex­tile scis­sors.”

In the midst of the school’s art ac­tiv­i­ties, Ms Herbert’s In­sta­gram ac­count has been pep­pered with the hash­tag she cre­ated, #ar­ti­tu­pat­peren­jori, ex­hibit­ing the art of her stu­dents around the globe.

“The great thing about so­cial me­dia web­sites, such as In­sta­gram, is that it ad­ver­tises art glob­ally,” she said.

“We started the hash­tag at the school and the whole com­mu­nity has em­braced it.

“The Shire has even co-opted it to show off art too, so our hash­tag is now a com­mu­nity plat­form.”

Ms Herbert said the art­work of her stu­dents had spread as far as New York, Cal­i­for­nia and Nor­way.

“I think it’s beau­ti­ful how we have an in­ter­na­tional plat­form for our kids to shine on,” she said.

“We might be a tiny lit­tle school, but we have a global pro­file.”

To see the art of the Peren­jori Pri­mary School stu­dents, visit in­stapu.com/tag/ar­ti­tu­pat­peren jori.

Picture: Peren­jori Pri­mary School

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