Students’ feat of clay to celebrate 50 year anniversary of Churlands Primary School

Lulu Brickland, Ken Asaka and Laetitia Jeannerat (Year 1s) have helped create scultpures to mark the Churchlands PS school's 50th anniversary. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d443441
Students’ feat of clay to celebrate 50 year anniversary of Churlands Primary School
Lulu Brickland, Ken Asaka and Laetitia Jeannerat (Year 1s) have helped create scultpures to mark the Churchlands PS school's 50th anniversary. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d443441

TO celebrate 50 years since the school opened, Churchlands Primary School students helped create a sculptural wonderland that will last at least another half century.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 spent 11 weeks with artist-in -esidence Amanda Shelsher creating ceramic sculptures that paid homage to the school’s close proximity to Herdsman Lake.

Students created frogs, turtles and birds to sit among the vegetation in the garden entrance to the school, as well as some almost life sized teachers.

Art teacher Melinda Cockerill said together with Ms Shelsher, who is also a parent at the school, they came up with the idea for the sculptures last year.

“We used about a tonne of clay,” Mrs Cockerill said. “The kids loved doing it.”

Ms Shelsher said parents contributed funds to pay for the art classes and resulting sculptures.

“The kids were hilarious,” she said. “The sculptures will have the same longevity as house tiles.”

WA Art Gallery director Stefano Carboni will open the garden at a on September 23.