When cul­tures col­lide

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

WHEN art class meets cul­tural tra­di­tion there is only one out­come – mas­ter­piece.

S t M a r g a r e t M a r y s stu­dents were given the chance to ex­plore this artis­tic po­ten­tial when they com­bined the skills of art co-or­di­na­tor Cath Me­harry with in­dige­nous li­ai­son of­fi­cer Linda Hansen-Jor­dan.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Mardi Christ said the pro­ject was in­tro­duced to the stu­dents as an im­por­tant part of their art stud­ies.

‘‘ Mrs Hansen-Jor­dan tells the class ‘ her story’ as an in­dige­nous woman,’’ Ms Christ said.

‘‘ As part of her story, she shows the girls tools and arte­facts that are part of her story and the girls study and touch them.

‘‘ The stu­dents brain­storm words that come into their heads when a s ked t he phrase, ‘ What do you see when you look at an in­dige­nous per­son?’

‘‘ Us­ing only pen­cil, stu­dents draw their pres­sion.’’

Ms Christ said work as part of this block formed a foun­da­tion for fur­ther art stud­ies in Year 9 and 10. the im-

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