Featured Article in today’s POST: ‘Linzi, kids pin faith to wall.’

Today’s edition of the POST Newspaper features an article about the mural I painted this month at St Thomas Primary School in Claremont, Western Australia. It is really exciting to be involved with projects in the area that I attended high school, graduating in 2001 from Methodist Ladies College. It is amazing how much teachers and educators play such an influential role in the development of children and I am so grateful for the education I received, in particular through the Arts program at Methodist Ladies College. I look forward to many more future collaborations with St Thomas Primary School who have a fantastic team and uphold an facilitate an excellent teaching environment. A huge “Thank you” to Art Specialist Kate Byrne, Principal Justin Tuohy, Year 6 teacher Sean Warne and the Year 6’s.
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Mural design for St Thomas Primary School, Claremont

As part of my Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University, I engaged in an Artist in Residency program, partnering with St Thomas Primary School in Claremont, Western Australia. Working alongside Kate Byrne, the Art Specialist at St Thomas, I collaborated with the Year 6 class to develop a Mural design based around the theme of Faith, to reflect the ethos and core value system of the school. I taught three workshops with the Year 6 class, brainstorming and sketching various interpretations of Faith and what it looks like visually to them individually.

The chosen space for the mural is situated centrally alongside a basketball court and can be seen from the roadside. Due to the elongated shape of the space I wanted to incorporate artwork from each student and create a collage that resembles the composition of a Kaleidoscope. I also wanted to include the current stylistic trend of using Geometric shapes in the design, making it contemporary and relevant in its context.

I was so inspired by the student’s interpretations of the theme; there was references to the Fruits of the Spirit, Lions and Eagles which are Biblical symbols, Easter, Elements from Confirmation and Communion, rainbows resembling Promise, Angles, Fire, Butterflies that speak of Freedom, Flowers, Love hearts and many more. These images and symbols encapsulate the central figure of a cross.

I commenced working on the Mural during school hours and was able to engage with students who visited with their class to ask questions about materials, design principles and the symbolism of the artwork. It was a lovely experience to work with a group of pupils and staff who embrace the creative arts and are likewise so open to new expressions and artforms.

A very big and warm thank you to Justin Tuohy, Principal at St Thomas and Ar Specialist Kate Byrne, it was a pleasure working with the school. Lookout for the next edition of The Post in Claremont, featuring a write up on the artwork.

Get ya paint on! 🙂

Below: Some of the chosen symbols and imagery from the Year 6’s sketches

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Below: The initial concept2

Below: From start to finish, a Blank wall to a Kaleidoscope Mural

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