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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

OUR LADY of the Way Catholic Primary School at Wallan East presented its first art show last week, showcasing artwork that integrated different skills and took influence from some of the world’s most inspirational artists. 

Displayed in the school’s new building, students from year levels one, four, five and six, presented artwork that incorporated seven areas of visual arts – drawing, painting, collage, modelling, constructing and threads and textiles. 

Visual arts specialist Erica Van Rhine said art and visual arts was a key part of student learning. 

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“I think art is really important in children’s lives and the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that have come through so far, and having a look at the artwork, they’ve been absolutely amazed by what the children produced, and this help put some of the artwork into context for them,” she said.

“I try and build their skills up, but I also try and acknowledge the attempts that they have made, and I’m happy as long as they try and they’re happy with what they’ve produced.” 

Grade one student Banjo points to his artwork. ​

Each year level adapted to different visual art styles and teachings of artists including Claude Monet, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.  

“I’ve also put artwork in that the children have used as their design, not just the end product, so that the parents can see this is where we started, and this is the steps we went through to get to the end,” Ms Van Rhine said.  

She said she hoped the school would host an annual art show.

“I’m hoping every year, so this is what I’ve called a mini art show because it’s only showcasing half the school,” she said. 

“Next term, we’ll have another and then hopefully next year we’ll have two mini art shows again, so parents can come through.”

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