Darius Wells Library hosts educating exhibition


Students Kevin Nairn, Jasmine Nairn and Carissa-Joy Winter with teacher Alyssa Arnold and some of the art in the background.
Students Kevin Nairn, Jasmine Nairn and Carissa-Joy Winter with teacher Alyssa Arnold and some of the art in the background.

HOME-schooled and after-school art students have been given a taste of what it takes to curate an exhibition at Darius Wells Library this month.

Under the guidance of teacher Alyssa Arnold, the students produced a wide array of work with influences from the Renaissance through to Pablo Picasso to make up the Art Through the Ages exhibition.

Ms Arnold said it was important the students had the same opportunity to show off their work as their school-educated counterparts.

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“We want to give them a chance to exhibit them and that whole process of curating and presenting an exhibition to the public,” she said. “I’ve been really proud of their work; there are so many varied things.”

The students studied various forms of art and history before producing their masterpieces, with many dressing up in costume from their favourite period at the exhibition’s opening afternoon.

Ms Arnold said she hoped the showcase gave students the confidence to continue their art.

“That’s a huge thing with kids; they need to feel confident and feel like they can actually do it because they can be really sensitive to discouragement with art.

“So it’s lovely for them to have that positive feedback and feeling like ‘I’m putting something out there that is really worthwhile’,” she said.

“In a lot of schools, it’s not really offered as a serious subject and I think it should be because it’s just so important, not even just culturally – I think on a connection level.

“It’s the way we make connections with each other, connections with history and even with our own selves…”