ABOUT 80 student artists from five different primary schools competed in Balcatta Senior High School’s inaugural Year 5 and 6 portrait art awards last Tuesday.
The best portraits selected from Balcatta, West Balcatta, Osborne Park, Takari and Tuart Hill primary schools were on display for fellow students, parents and art staff at the exhibition.
Balcatta SHS associate principal Helen Maitland said Balcatta and the primary schools hosted many events as part of a transitional program.
“The brief was for the students to create a portrait of excitement and they worked with their art teachers and the art teachers selected the students’ work that met the criteria and we are here to judge that,” she said.
“We are quite excited because we are a gifted and talented arts school so we want to tap into the talent in the area.”
Osborne Park Primary School Year 6 student Sherri Casey (11) won the people’s choice award and certificate of commendation, and said she wanted to become a character designer and enjoyed sketching.
“I got some inspiration from anime (Japanese cartoon) that I have watched such as with the hair colour,” she said.
“For the character’s face I used pencil, the hair I used markers and for the background I used watercolour.”
Balcatta SHS Gifted and Talented education co-ordinator Michael Kimbar said he was surprised to see the quality and diversity of the artwork.
“We hope to make it an annual event and hopefully grow that potential out there in the primary schools,” he said.
The overall certificate of excellence winners were Takari Primary School Year 5 student Lara Silvestro and West Balcatta Primary School Year 6 student Al Akonsiri.