Hashtag success for students’ art
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.