Locky kids put their art on display

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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.

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