New school gallery showcases art

Woodlupine Primary School art teacher Jenine Horsham and students at the Djilba gallery. Pic: David Baylis d494145
Woodlupine Primary School art teacher Jenine Horsham and students at the Djilba gallery. Pic: David Baylis d494145

STUDENTS from a Forrestfield primary school tapped into their artistic side to provide a permanent space for boosting children’s confidence in the arts.

Woodlupine Primary School has dedicated empty classrooms for a permanent art gallery, named after the Noongar season Djilba, from August to September.

The Djilba gallery features artworks from Kindy students up to Year 6, in addition to pieces loaned by the teachers for inspiration.

Lydia Crosbie and Edzon Paler (standing) with Jaslyn Toop and Connor Radford and some of the loaned artworks at the Djilba gallery. Pic: David Baylis

Art teacher Jenine Horsham said the gallery would give the students a place to bring their parents or carers and talk about their experience.

“The gallery is also important for the students as they are proud to know that a piece of their art is on display like a real artist,” she said.

“By having the gallery up and running all the time, it makes me assess and reflect on how I can use the loaned pieces to be best incorporated in my art program.”

Deputy principal Pieter Van der Meulen said the school has had art galleries during parent nights but this would be the first time as an ongoing feature.

“The idea is, before the assembly, parents are invited to look through while they’re in the school,” he said.

“We’re hoping it might be something parent might like to share with visitors.

“In a broad brushstroke, we would refresh the display once a term or so.”

The Djilba gallery will be open on June 26.