Locky kids put their art on display
BUDDING Picassos were keen to show off their works at the most popular gallery in Lockington last month. Lockington Consolidated School students have turned their hallways and classrooms into their very own gallery for the remainder of the term and part of next.
Opening the day, principal Christina Drummond said she considered herself lucky to be a part of the school community.
“This shows just how much we value the arts at Lockington. We’re so fortunate to have someone as committed as Kath Connors to be our art teacher,” she said.
About 50 family members watched on as the day opened with a performance by the prep to grade two students who sang and danced to Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets.
Mrs Connors also pulled out all the stops and had Dr Susan McMinn, director of Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo, come along to see the works.
Dr McMinn, who has had her work featured internationally, encouraged students to follow their passion and see that there are careers in art.
“This art is fantastic. There’s a lot of research involved in art and it shows in the final product,” she said.
“This is the sort of thing Mrs Connors does and she does well. You can see the transformation of the students throughout the years — and this surpasses some of the work I’ve seen in larger schools.”
Students from each grade then gave a short speech about their artworks, which include two and three-dimensional pieces.
Totem poles, rainforest paintings, colonial cottages, 3D butterflies and more line the walls of the school and in the yards.
Mrs Connors said the students coped well with the time constraints.
“The past 10 weeks have been a rush, but gosh, we’ve had fun,” she said.
“I’m fortunate enough to be a primary teacher and to be asked to do this role. It’s fantastic to be working at my local school.”
Students then took their visitors for a tour of the school, showing off their artworks.