Stu­dents’ feat of clay to celebrate 50 years

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

TO celebrate 50 years since the school opened, Church­lands Pri­mary School stu­dents helped cre­ate a sculp­tural won­der­land that will last at least another half cen­tury.

Stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Year 6 spent 11 weeks with artist-in -es­i­dence Amanda Shelsher cre­at­ing ce­ramic sculp­tures that paid homage to the school’s close prox­im­ity to Herds­man Lake.

Stu­dents cre­ated frogs, tur­tles and birds to sit among the veg­e­ta­tion in the gar­den en­trance to the school, as well as some al­most life sized teach­ers.

Art teacher Melinda Cock­er­ill said to­gether with Ms Shelsher, who is also a par­ent at the school, they came up with the idea for the sculp­tures last year.

“We used about a tonne of clay,” Mrs Cock­er­ill said. “The kids loved do­ing it.”

Ms Shelsher said par­ents con­trib­uted funds to pay for the art classes and re­sult­ing sculp­tures.

“The kids were hi­lar­i­ous,” she said. “The sculp­tures will have the same longevity as house tiles.”

WA Art Gallery di­rec­tor Ste­fano Car­boni will open the gar­den at a on Septem­ber 23.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d443441

Lulu Brick­land, Ken Asaka and Laeti­tia Jean­nerat (Year 1s) have helped cre­ate scult­pures to mark the Church­lands PS school's 50th an­niver­sary.

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