Lakelands Primary School and Curtin University partner for art lessons

Photo: Supplied.

Photo: Supplied.

An arts student recently visited Lakelands Primary School for a four-week teaching program, in partnership with Curtin University.

Student Samantha Laird and visual arts teacher Kim Fitzpatrick collaborated to deliver the program on self-portraits to Year 4, 5 and 6. 

Ms Fitzpatrick said the children learnt about face shapes and proportions, with the emphasis on capturing a resemblance to themselves, rather than creating a perfect art piece.

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“The students particularly enjoyed the blind continuous line-drawing exercise, where they were not allowed to look at their portrait as they were drawing it,” she said.

“That provided lots of laughter and a humorous end product.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said the students also created a collage, choosing colours that represented their personality and culture.

“The program is a wonderful opportunity for our children to work with a current practising artist,” she said.

“At the same time the university student gets a taste of what it would be like to work in a school setting.

“I always pick up a few new skills as an art teacher too.”

Ms Fitzpatrick has supported the program for the past three years.

The students’ self-portraits will be on display at Lakelands Shopping Centre later this year.