CONNECTING WITH CREATIVITY
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