Como: McDougall Park Community Kindergarten kids become exhibiting Emerging Artists

Over and Under.
Over and Under.

A GROUP of kindy kids from Como found a new use for CDs by incorporating them into their first public art exhibition piece, Over and Under.

About 40 children aged four years and younger from McDougall Park Community Kindergarten had their artwork made from CDs woven in yarn and displayed at this year’s City of South Perth Emerging Artists exhibition.

The piece took eight hours to complete and was made up of about 150 CDs woven by children from the kindy and their families at an open day earlier this year. The installation was a collaboration between the kindy and Creatures of Colour artists Natalie Wagland and Kelly Muller who designed the final piece.

Teacher Evie Buckland said the project built on the children’s fine motor control as they pinched the yarn and threaded it through the warp, requiring persistence and resilience.

“Creativity is a fundamental skill which is transferable to any occupation, life context or age and allows for innovative problem solving, which is important as children grow and face a range of challenges throughout their lives,” she said.

“Artworks such as these allow children to feel part of the group who created the piece, and gives them the unique opportunity to enjoy the aesthetic value of their own efforts in collaboration with others.”