Student art on display

Working together: Artist-in-residence Helen Hulme and art teacher Lois Black reflect on the exhibition. Assistance: Tanya Newman and Sharon Gardner help out at the exhibition.

Critics: Isabella Wilshusen and Ceilidh Kennedy check out the artwork.

BALINGUP and Nannup primary schools’ artist-in-residence project culminated last weekend in an exhibition of students’ work at the school.

Under the project, the schools were funded $30,000 through the Department of Education and the Department of Culture to have Balingup printmaker Helen Hulme work with students during terms two and three.

Ms Hulme said the project had been a huge learning curve for her.

“It’s fuelled my passion to encourage creativity in education,” she said. “This is a wonderful celebration of the achievements of the children.”

Students participated in poetry and printmaking in the program.

They each put together a handmade book with a collection of prints and poems, after learning many different printmaking techniques.

Ms Hulme said she couldn’t have done it without the many volunteers, who contributed time and energy each week to make the program possible.

About 100 people attended the exhibition, Etched in our Community.

The event was opened by Balingup Primary School principal Shayne Rice after a welcome to country.

Students recited poetry for the audience before the exhibition was opened to the public.

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