Students from local schools at the ARTsmart workshop included (from left) Merlin Bennett, Quinn Moore, Ruby Les, Orien James Gordon, Kodi Walker, Maiya Feeney and Nicholas Smykowsky.
Students from local schools at the ARTsmart workshop included (from left) Merlin Bennett, Quinn Moore, Ruby Les, Orien James Gordon, Kodi Walker, Maiya Feeney and Nicholas Smykowsky. Jacklyn Wagner

Students prove they're ARTsmart

AMONG them could be the next Arthur Stretton, Jeffery Smart or Margaret Olley.

Over the past three days some of the most artistically talented primary students from The Channon, Tuntable Creek, Corndale, Whian Whian, Larnook and Goonengerry have attended the ARTsmart workshop at Clunes to hone their skills.

“In a normal classroom visual arts is fractured and students may do something for a couple of hours in the afternoon and not revisit it,” said organiser and teacher Jamie Hoile, from Clunes Public School.

“At the workshop they get to develop a concept, draft it and elaborate on it, and then execute a design.”

This week students were given the theme of the Papua New Guinean Highlands.

“Previously we have done the Great Barrier Reef, but we chose the PNG Highlands this year because it was colourful and encouraged students’ imagination,” Mr Hoile said.

The workshop is the second of six to be run this year – each with about 30 students mainly from outlying schools.

It is the second year that the ARTsmart program has run and Mr Hoile expects more students will sign up for next year as word spreads about the workshops.

“The students love them,” he said.



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