When cultures collide
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-