CON­NECT­ING WITH CRE­ATIV­ITY

North West Telegraph - - News - Daneka Hill

Weeks of hard work and the shar­ing of paint brushes has given lo­cal stu­dents a rea­son to stand back and ad­mire their hand­i­work.

The South New­man Pri­mary School mu­ral project, run by AWE­SOME Arts, had two Perth-based artists in the East Pil­bara of­fer­ing tips and sup­port.

Years 4 and 6 pupils used out­door house paint, graphic paint pens and the odd mo­saic tile to cre­ate the mu­ral.

AWE­SOME Arts artist Ben Crapp­s­ley said the idea of every­one’s cul­ture be­ing in­cluded in the mu­ral was dis­cussed at the be­gin­ning but wasn’t pushed by the vis­it­ing artists, yet stu­dents picked up the idea and ran with it.

“A cou­ple of kids from Year 4 were very vo­cal about co-operation,” he said.

Cul­tures rep­re­sented at the South New­man Pri­mary School in­clude South African, Abo­rig­i­nal, Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der and New Zealand stu­dents.

Orig­i­nally the plan was to paint di­rectly onto the se­lected wall but the material of the bricks led to the artists mak­ing shapes out of ply­wood for the stu­dents to paint on to in­stead.

Ply­wood in the shape of birds were cut out, ref­er­enc­ing the pair of hawks who nest in the school grounds.

Mr Crapp­s­ley said he and artist Natalie Zuchetti tried to have min­i­mal in­ter­fer­ence with the creative process, leav­ing every­thing to the kids.

“Now that it’s in­stalled we’ve been get­ting con­stant com­ments from the kids that they are re­ally lov­ing it,” he said.

Front, left to right: Char­l­ize Lock­yer, 10, Jer­sey Allen, 10, Ta­nee­sha Cain, 10, Jon­ahMarr, 11; Back: Natalie Zuchetti, Zoe Mitchell, 10, Sa­van­nah Ni­chol­son, 10, Ne­vaeh Wil­liamson, 10, and Ben Crapp­s­ley

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