Donvale pupils show bright side thanks to  hands on help from artist Stephan Hitchens   

    A spectacular new mural has helped transform Donvale Primary School. As part of the school’s new ‘artist in residency’ program, South African artist Stephan Hitchens worked closely with students and the school’s arts community to help create a colourful mural for the school.

    The artwork celebrates the achievements of the school’s curriculum according to principal Lena Clark, who spoke in glowing terms of the positive atmosphere it has created.

    “We couldn’t be happier,” she said. “There is a real sense of vibrancy, innovation and freshness at the school.

    “The kids are absolutely loving it they have a real sense of pride and ownership of it.”

    Mr Hitchens has also helped students encompass Aboriginal themed dot paintings into the mural celebrating indigenous art and culture.

    Mrs Clark said the giant mural, which spans across the front of the school, has created a real “wow” factor.

    “When I have been conducting school tours people just say ‘wow’ at just how

    fantastic it looks,” she said.

    She said the entire community has rallied to make the initiative possible, with businesses such as Taubman’s donating paint to the project.

    “It’s been a whole school commitment that has brought the entire community together,” she said.

    For more information visit www.donvaleps.vic.edu.au/curriculum/artist-inresidence/



Posted on May 31st, 2013

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