South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS -

RENOWNED idige­nous artist Arthur Conlon vis­ited St Joseph’s this term and pro­vided the stu­dents with an un­for­get­table art ex­pe­ri­ence.

Arthur spent a day with the stu­dents, in­struct­ing them how to do pas­tel draw­ings of tur­tles, which they were then able to take home.

Arthur, with the as­sis­tance of stu­dents, also painted the school’s wall mu­ral and totems.

The an­i­mals on the wall mu­ral are sig­nif­i­cant be­cause they are the class totems that fol­low each class through school. Arthur spent time talk­ing with the stu­dents about his ex­pe­ri­ences at school and life in the army.

He also spoke about how ed­u­ca­tion is the most im­por­tant thing for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

Arthur was born in Cher­bourg and is a de­scen­dant of the Wakka Wakka tribe.

He started paint­ing at the age of nine by study­ing the tra­di­tional tech­niques of his un­cles.

He com­pleted Year 12 at Mur­gon SHS and is now a suc­cess­ful artist with his paint­ings in gal­leries across Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Arthur vis­its schools around Aus­tralia and is an in­spi­ra­tion to stu­dents and staff.


St Joseph’s stu­dents were proud of their pas­tel art­work.

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