SW students enjoy art sea change

Jacinta CatatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Over the past month students from across the shires of Harvey and Waroona have taken part in an education experience at Sculptures by the Sea in Cottesloe, in a milestone year for Alcoa’s School Education Program.

Each year, more than 2400 primary and secondary students throughout the State participate in the education program, made possible through Alcoa’s long-running support for the annual exhibition which is now in its 14th year.

The Waroona and Harvey students contributed to the total of 25,000 students who have participated in the workshops.

St Anne’s Primary Year 6 students Damon Olimpio, Jack Wilson, Leni Hill, Charrish Maniego, Anne Epiro and Brooklyn Kiddie participated in the Alcoa School Education Program at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe.
Camera IconSt Anne’s Primary Year 6 students Damon Olimpio, Jack Wilson, Leni Hill, Charrish Maniego, Anne Epiro and Brooklyn Kiddie participated in the Alcoa School Education Program at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe.

Japanese artist Masayuki Sugiyama led the students as they met artists, learnt about the creative process and made their own masterpieces.

Masayuki’s sculpture for this year’s exhibition makes two circle shadows on the ground when the angle of the sun is at 46 degrees, currently about 3pm.

Waroona District High School student Emma Fry tries her hand at making some artwork.
Camera IconWaroona District High School student Emma Fry tries her hand at making some artwork.

Masayuki helped students create their own detailed sculpture, which they then placed it on photographic paper and exposed it to the sun where it developed into an image of the sculpture’s shadow.

Assistant principal at Harvey's St Anne’s Primary Luke Godwin said the exhibition and workshop was a highly anticipated event in the school’s calendar.

Yarloop Primary School students with artist Mishiri Shibata.
Camera IconYarloop Primary School students with artist Mishiri Shibata.

Alcoa’s President of Alcoa Bauxite Garret Dixon said the 25,000th student milestone was a testament to the program’s ability to continually reinvent itself and engage young people.

“The Alcoa School Education Program brings sculpture to life in a meaningful and fun way for children from kindergarten to year 12 with relevant and interesting activities,” Mr Dixon said.

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