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

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Art and Justice Party at Neil Street Art Studio

On Thursday 23rd April at Neil Street, we celebrated the birthday of one very special friend, Elyshia Yeap and held an art auction to raise funds for a missions trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, during which Elyshia and Jone Naude will be working alongside orphanages to fight against the reality of human sex trafficking.

Artworks were donated by myself and Elza Coufreur, a recent addition to the residency at Neil Street, who is an upcoming contemporary artist from New Zealand. Photography and auctioneering were done sterlingly by Sergio Garcia, a local creative genious and yummy nibbles made by Elyshia and Arielle Yeap.

The set up included various painting stations for party goers to have a shot at painting live and to our delight, the majority of peeps jumped straight in, with a couple of Pollock inspired individuals even painting with their facial features! The evening closed with a dance and wella! Our art and fundraiser night was nothing short of fun and fabulousness thanks to a lot of help from all who attended. What a great cause and Elza and I look forward to hosting many more future events to come at the studio.

If you are looking for a venue for a fundraiser or are wanting a Kid’s party for your child, Neil Street is available for hire and collaborations are welcomed. For all enquiries email info@linzicarter.com

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School Holiday Art Workshops

Over the April School hols we had a super fun time at Neil Street Art Studio painting all sorts of colourful, wild and crazy things like pineapples, tropical birds, river rocks, enchanted rainbow clouds and more. Drawing inspiration from the Art movements, Expressionism, Pop Art, Impressionism and my own tips and tricks as a practicing artist, the Kids painted a step by step project in each Workshop, also learning essential painting skills such as Brush types, colour mixing, tones and shades, contrasting colours, self reflection and much more.

60 Kids, 4 days of Fun and 8 Workshops for 2 different ages groups. That’s a lot of maths!

Cant wait for the next School Holidays to do it all over again with all new projects. Coming soon to www.linzicarter.com, an online Booking facility for Neil Street Art Studio, but until then, head to http://linzicarter.com/workshops/upcoming/ for all the upcoming Workshop info.

Happy Painting from Neil Street Art Studio and Linzi Carter Art.

Linzi

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