Artistic minds at Hollywood Primary have benefitted from the generous donation Hollywood Private Hospital has provided towards new art supplies
Jul 06, 2012
Hollywood Private Hospital has donated $1,500 to Hollywood Primary School’s new art project called “My Space, My Place, My Community”.
The money has been used to purchase new paints, paint brushes and canvases which wouldn’t have been possible within the school’s current art budget.
Inspired by a school excursion to an aboriginal art expedition last year, Rowena Keall Walsh, the school’s artist in residence, wanted to excite the kids imaginations while emphasising the importance of conserving the environment in the local community.
“The art project is a painting exercise over a six week period in term two. The 29 year seven students have been taught different techniques like layering paint and scratching and were encouraged to create an aerial abstract of their home and surroundings”.
“In my teaching, I really try to express that nothing the kids do is wrong. You can always change and develop the project further. When children are looking at and thinking about art, their involvement in mixing colours and using different techniques are directly linked to their literacy and numeracy skills, which is something we want to support,” said Rowena.
Year seven student Maia Hickey, who is originally from the UK, decided to paint her Australian and English homes because she couldn’t decide which one she liked most.
“I wanted to show my homes both in England and Australia, so Rowena suggested painting them together. I used light colours for Australia because the house is a lot lighter and it’s always sunny. I used much darker colours for my house in England because it’s always raining”.
‘I liked how Rowena taught us how to do the layering with the paint. It was very creative. I also loved mixing the colours because I knew no one else in the class would have the same shades as me,” Maia said
Hollywood Primary School principal Beverly Innes said the project wouldn’t have been possible without Hollywood’s financial support.
“The ongoing partnership between Hollywood Primary School and Hollywood Private Hospital is deeply appreciated and we hope it continues into the future”.
“The project has been a great success for it has allowed the children to develop different skills while representing their personal emotions, something we greatly encourage at Hollywood Primary School” Ms Innes said
An exhibition showcasing the paintings will be held at the end of next term where some of the work will be auctioned and all proceeds will go to the art room.
Hollywood Private Hospital is a modern, 659 bed, state-of-the-art acute care hospital in Nedlands.
Rowena Keall Walsh is a local resident whose three children are past Hollywood Primary School students.