Facing life with art

Wilson Park Public School teacher Gail Allan with two of the schools artists, Brianna Jones-Day (left) and Emma Crosby.

Theres a certain freedom and honesty in childrens art that makes you want to smile.

Unconcerned with the technical theories of art or how a university professor would interpret their work, childrens art has a sense of simplicity and joy thats refreshing in a world increasingly obsessed with complexity.

You can partake in the joy of this art from the heart at Wilson Park Public Schools first-ever public art exhibition, Our Faces, which opens tonight (Thursday, August 31) at Armisteads Gallery in Lismore.

The school, which caters for students will intellectual and physical disabilities, invited both primary and secondary students to create a self portrait or a face for the show, which in turn allowed them to explore their own self-image.

According to teacher Gail Allan, the process of developing the exhibition has had a positive effect for the students on a variety of levels.

Art is a great form of expression and communication for the students, many of whom have language difficulties, plus they are learning a skill and a hobby that will stay with them for life, said Gail. Art is a great way for the students to explore their feelings and they have loved this experience. They are all very excited about having their artwork on the walls of a gallery.

Our Faces is on show until September 13.

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