School kids show art is smart
AN INNOVATIVE Northern Rivers art program is giving primary school kids a chance to immerse themselves in their creativity.
Launched four years ago, the ARTsmart program has grown from four to 14 workshops, and now involves 300 students from 80 schools from Tweed Heads to Casino West.
This Saturday their work goes on display at the Lennox Head Community Centre for the launch of the ARTsmart annual exhibition.
Featuring 150 works created by 9 to 12 year-old students during intensive three day workshops, the work covers a variety of aesthetic themes from around the world.
Two examples are tribal decorations from Papua New Guinean highlanders and Tibetan Buddhist style painting.
ARTsmart coordinator Jamie Hoile said the work was of such a high standard the audience were surprised they were created by children.
According to Mr Hoile, one reason for the impressive results is that students are given the rare luxury of time to immerse themselves in their work.
"The whole program from my point of view is about engagement - it's about getting kids tuned-in to what they're doing, enjoying what they're doing, and right across education I believe that's the key to success," said Mr Hoile.
Once kids are engaged and focused and giving their best, then the satisfaction and self-esteem kicks in.
ARTsmart Annual Exhibition
WHEN: Saturday November 17 - official opening 9am-12noon.
WHERE: Public Library, Lennox Head Community Centre. Entry is free.