SHOW STOPPERS: Hazel Rogers, 11, Lauren Miller, 11 and Arabella Roberts, 12, all from Lennox Head, participated in the Art Smart program, running in Primary Schools around the region.
SHOW STOPPERS: Hazel Rogers, 11, Lauren Miller, 11 and Arabella Roberts, 12, all from Lennox Head, participated in the Art Smart program, running in Primary Schools around the region. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

ARTsmart program reveals new world of artists at Lennox

BUDDING young artists from around the region have their finest works on display at the Lennox Head Community Centre Library this week as part of the Northern Rivers ARTsmart program.

The program involves about 400 public school students who attend regular workshops to develop their artistic skills.

Lennox Head Public School Year 6 students Hazel Rogers, Arabella Roberts and Lauren Miller have been involved with the program for three years.

For Hazel learning that things weren't always as difficult to draw as they seemed was a big highlight.

"I thought whales were really hard to draw, but they're actually really easy," she said.

Lauren said the program was good because she could see her improvement.

"I've done a few workshops and you can see the improvement from each one, like from the ones from Year 4 and then the ones from Year 6," she said.

Arabella said her favourite part was learning different artistic techniques.

"I really liked a waterfall workshop. That was really fun because I frame a lot of the artworks we do once we finish them," she said.

Lennox Head Public School acting principal Deborah Langfield said the program had been so popular students had to be rotated so everyone had a turn.

"It's really been wonderful to see what they can produce and just the buzz they get out of it is fantastic," she said.

"Often we do a lot for our sporting children but not so much in the creative field.

"It's something we continue to run each year."

ARTsmart coordinator Jamie Hoile said the program, which has been running for six years, had ballooned from four workshops to 14.

He said the program originally was targeted at "gifted and talented" arts students, but had grown to include students with a general interest in art and developing their skills.



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