Students get hands on with Sculpture by the Sea artists

Pinjarra Primary School students Tiarna Arrowsmith and Kaylan Peters at the Alcoa Schools Education Program.
Pinjarra Primary School students Tiarna Arrowsmith and Kaylan Peters at the Alcoa Schools Education Program.

PINJARRA Primary School students got a backstage pass to the iconic Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe Beach last week thanks to the Alcoa School Education Program.

Pinjarra Primary School student and art monitor Tyler Middleton (10) said the experience was worthwhile and would recommend it to everyone.

Students used clay to create abstract self-portraits with German artist Sollai Cartwright.

Clay provided a similarity to the hard and soft properties of marble, which the artist used for his sculpture Bird in Flight.

“We loved getting our hands dirty with the clay and learning all about abstract art,” Tyler said.

“Everyone had the best time and it was good to see all the different sculptures and then get to meet an actual artist and learn from them.”

The Alcoa Schools Education Program has been an integral part of Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe since its inception 15 years ago.

The program gives thousands of school children each year the opportunity to take part in stimulating sculpture workshops, special tours and the chance to work with artists to create their own masterpieces.

To date, more than 28,000 students WA-wide have taken part.

Each year, Alcoa invites about 350 students from 14 schools in communities close to its WA operations to attend and take part in the sought-after program.

Other schools include North Dandalup , Dwellingup, Jarrahdale, Carcoola and St Josephs Catholic Primary Schools.

Other students weaved emu feathers with indigenous artist Nicole Monk, cast each other’s limbs using Mod Roc with artist Britt Mikkelsen or repurposed industrial materials as art with accomplished artist Miik Green.

Green is the winner of the inaugural $10,000 Alcoa Aluminium Award for his sculpture Thicket 018 in this year’s exhibition.