Bendigo Bank classes wrap up at art gallery

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

ART classes have come to an end for a num­ber of Gran­ite Belt school chil­dren.

Bendigo Bank has spon­sored the art classes held ev­ery Tues­day this term at the Stan­thorpe Re­gional Art Gallery.

This gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion has en­abled a num­ber of young peo­ple to be cre­ative and en­joy the won­der­ful artis­tic aes­thet­ics of the gallery.

The three res­i­dent artists who ran the pro­gram, Julie Brown, Lau­rie Astill and Dean Ford, found they got as much joy out of teach­ing about art as the chil­dren at­tend­ing the classes did.

Boomerang Bags Stan­thorpe made art bags that the stu­dents have painted and Julie Brown made port­fo­lio fold­ers for stor­ing their amaz­ing art.

Most weeks 10 stu­dents at­tended but there has been as many as 14 kids en­rolled.

It has been a huge suc­cess with all the stu­dents want­ing to sign up for next term.

Dur­ing the term the stu­dents have worked on self-por­traits, graf­fito, de­signs, pat­terns and print­ing.

The stu­dents used their skills to decorate their boomerang bags and the port­fo­lio fold­ers.

This won­der­ful part­ner­ship be­tween the Bendigo Bank, lo­cal artists, Boomerang Bags, the gallery and the stu­dents has been a cat­a­lyst for help­ing our young peo­ple to ex­press them­selves in their own unique way.

What has been ap­par­ent is the fo­cus and ca­ma­raderie that this pro­gram has of­fered with many of the stu­dents help­ing each other.

We are look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing these art classes well into the fu­ture.

PHOTOS: KIM MICKE

FLAIR FOR ART:(Back, from left) Art gallery pres­i­dent Keith Brown­john is pic­tured with Stan­thorpe com­mu­nity branch of Bendigo di­rec­tor Mary Rofe, gallery di­rec­tor Mary Find­lay, stu­dents Alicia Pacey and Kyla Ball, Brooke Sum­merville from Boomerang Bags Stan­thorpe with (front) art teach­ers Julie Brown and Dean Ford.

Art classes spon­sored by Bendigo Bank wrapped up on Tues­day.

Pres­i­dent Keith Brown­john, Stan­thorpe com­mu­nity branch of Bendigo di­rec­tor Mary Rofe and gallery di­rec­tor Mary Find­lay.

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