Art lessons allow students to contribute to the school

By Southern Riverina News

Tocumwal Public School students have benefited from the talents and skills of two visiting artists who taught each class the fundamentals of their particular discipline.

Students identified as having a particular talent for art had the added advantage of a masterclass with each.

Indigenous artist David Dunne spent 90 minutes with each class, which saw each student produce a canvas using the painting skills of blending, silhouette, dot, dabbing and a variety of brush strokes.

‘‘The results were spectacular with every child producing a wonderful piece of art,’’ assistant principal Nicole Laker said.

‘‘In addition, our indigenous students and some budding young artists from each class combined to create a mural depicting the Murray River and the Murray cod which will be proudly displayed in a prominent area of our school.’’

Each student also learned the art of pottery from Barooga artist Tracey McClusky.

Students designed and created animals and flowers that are found in and around a garden. These pieces, once fired and glazed, will be combined into a whole school mural that will be erected near the school’s vegetable garden.

‘‘The second half of this term has been very creative, and will culminate in the whole school production to be held on Thursday, September 27 at the Tocumwal Memorial Hall,’’ Mrs Laker said.