Art in schools encourages discovery

FOUR well-known Canberra artists will work in ACT public schools helping pupils to expand their creative opportunities, it was announced today by Minister for the Arts and Education and Training Joy Burch.

A part of the 2014 ACT Artists-in-Schools program, it will see Canberra schoolchildren for an extended period with a local artist, exploring new ways of artistic inquiry and encouraging students to discover, imagine and create. Studies have consistently show that creative exploration of this kind also enhances students’ capacities in other academic areas.

Les Toits de Paris #2, kiln-formed glass by Lisa Cahill, photo Greg Piper

Les Toits de Paris #2, kiln-formed glass by Lisa Cahill, photo Greg Piper

But these are no ordinary artists. Internationally-respected glass artist Lisa Cahill will work at Arawang Primary Weston Creek.

From 'Finger snaps and water moons' by Meredith Hughes

From ‘Finger snaps and water moons’ by Meredith Hughes

Textile artist Meredith Hughes will go to Lyneham Primary North Canberra.

Sculpture by Mary Kayser

Sculpture by Mary Kayser

Visual artist and sculptor, Mary Kayser will be at Macquarie Primary Belconnen.

'Tattooed figure,' 2010 by Dan Maginnity, held in NGA collection

‘Tattooed figure,’ 2010 by Dan Maginnity, held in NGA collection

Adventurous street artist Dan Maginnity will be placed at Gilmore Primary Tuggeranong.

According to Ms Burch, visual artist George Rose will return to the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre, working with students across the July and October school holidays.

This is the fifth year of the program, which was first trialled in 2009 and since then 18 projects have been delivered in five early childhood schools, eight primary schools and Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. Previous projects have engaged students across sculpture, dance, puppetry, glass-making, printing and book-making.

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