Kensington Primary School students learn art of sand sculpting

Fremantle sand sculptor Tim Darby with Connor Smith (7), Harry Archibald (8), Zara Kapica (7) and Grace Watters (7) in front of sculpture Friends Stronger Together.
Fremantle sand sculptor Tim Darby with Connor Smith (7), Harry Archibald (8), Zara Kapica (7) and Grace Watters (7) in front of sculpture Friends Stronger Together.

FREMANTLE sand sculptors will teach students of Kensington Primary School how to make more than just sandcastles in their sandpit this week.

Sand Sculpture WA principal sculptor Tim Darby and partner Shani Graham have been visiting Kensington Primary School to show Pre-Primary to Year 6 students the art of sand sculpting.

Mr Darby said the kids were taught how to get the right moisture content in the sand and how to work with shadows by Ms Graham.

“What they’ve been taught is to make a compact block of sand and carve it with the tools to reveal the shape they want,” he said.

“Sand sculpting has got a certain amount of skills to it but everyone has built a sandcastle.”

Mr Darby has been creating a sand sculpture titled Friends Stronger Together since the start of the week, working from the morning until late afternoon.

Mr Darby said this was his first time as an artist-in-residence and he enjoyed mixing it up with teaching.

“I don’t usually work with such little kids, in pre-primary and kindy, but they’re so excited about it and they are very polite and well-mannered,” he said.

“The students spent a lot of time making little balls from sand and leaving it out in the sun to dry out.”

Mr Darby’s sculpture Friends Stronger Together will be on display until the last day of school.