Bassendean Primary School students in four-week art program


Artists Paula Hart, Roly Skender, Chris Nixon and Kylie Barr with Jessica Green, Mia Atkinson-Phillips and Kyran Baptiste-Jones.
Picture: David Baylis           d461143
Artists Paula Hart, Roly Skender, Chris Nixon and Kylie Barr with Jessica Green, Mia Atkinson-Phillips and Kyran Baptiste-Jones. Picture: David Baylis         d461143

BASSENDEAN Primary School students have teamed up with artists to explore their creativity for an upcoming exhibition.

Students are participating in a four-week program run by Perth-based artists Paula Hart, Chris Nixon and Roly Skender when they will create a mural and cubby houses, as well as draw and sculpt.

An arts grant worth $30,000 awarded by the Australia Council of the Arts last year helped to fund the project.

Visual arts specialist Kylie Barr said the public exhibition was called My Home is My Castle.

“The inspiration came from looking at local history and noticing that years ago on the BIC Reserve, there used to be a man who built his home there,” she said.

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“It looked like a castle so we took that as a springboard and talked to kids about why their home is their castle and why it is important to have a home.

“There are elements of the project that will be permanently on display and some will be taken home like the flowers that the kids have made and they will get a memory of the art.”

Skender, who is an audiovisual artist, said the students’ drawings will be projected on the mural.

“We will also be recording some of the kids doing some stories this week as well and recording a soundtrack which is going to be played during the exhibition installation.”

The exhibition will be held on November 10 at 6.30pm.