Visiting New York artist creates buzz for West Greenwood Primary School students

Year 5 students Rhys Quinn, Isabella Smith, Siann Chin, Charlie Kapita, Ariqah Azahar and Kailen Shepherd |enjoyed learning all about insects.
Year 5 students Rhys Quinn, Isabella Smith, Siann Chin, Charlie Kapita, Ariqah Azahar and Kailen Shepherd |enjoyed learning all about insects.

COMBINING science and art proved popular with West Greenwood Primary School students, who spent time with a City of Joondalup artist-in-residence recently.

The City is hosting New York’s Brandon Ballengee until October 20 for a program of ecological, scientific and creative workshops and appearances in the local community.

He shared his interest in biology and the environment with the students, who created their own bug-attracting insect models after learning many were drawn to UV light at night.

Once light sticks are added, they will have their own personal laboratories to collect and observe their findings.

The Year 5 students were excited to share their knowledge of the importance of insects in ecosystems and how they used to be much larger in the days before dinosaurs.

A Night Walk with Brandon Ballengee will be held at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup from 5.30pm to 8.30pm this Saturday, as well as BUGFEST! on October 10 from 6pm to 9pm.

Book for the free events at joondalup.wa.gov.au.