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