Artist Bianca Willder to hold Naidoc Week painting classes

Bianca Willder. Pictures: Vanessa Schmitt
Bianca Willder. Pictures: Vanessa Schmitt

NOONGAR artist Bianca Willder will be teaching children how to recreate the emu from her book Emu in the night sky during Naidoc Week.

The Halls Head resident will be holding two art and storytelling workshops for children aged from six to 12 years in Bayswater and Maylands as part of the City of Bayswater’s events program on July 10.

Willder said children would learn about emu egg hunting, emus and the importance of listening to elders.

“I work with kids quite regularly, mostly in schools but I have 10 kids in my house at the moment and every day is a learning experience for them,” she said.

“Sharing and teaching our art, culture and ways is very important to me.

“I like to teach them to be proud of what we know, what we’ve been told by our old people and the importance of always sitting down and listening to the yarns their old nans and old pops are telling.

“I’ve been preparing 100 Bratz dolls for kids to paint and make into Noongar dancers.”

Bianca Willder.

She said she would be busy holding more workshops leading up to and during the week, including sessions at her children’s school, a library and a youth centre.

“I’ve been preparing 100 Bratz dolls for kids to paint and make into noongar dancers at a workshop for the City of Swan’s Naidoc event on July 8, Joondalup on July 11, Faulkner Library on July 12 and Kwinana and Cannington on July 15,” she said.

THE ESSENTIALS:

What: Aboriginal painting with Bianca Willder

Where: Bayswater and Maylands libraries

When: Wednesday, July 10. 10.30am to 11.30am in Bayswater and 1pm to 2pm in Maylands

For information, visit the City’s Facebook page.