Students’ artwork up for auction

Students with some of the art works

A collection of masterpieces created by the students at Pretty Beach Public School are being auctioned off online as part of the school’s Biennial Art Show.

Throughout 2020, the students created three individual artworks using a range of mediums, and each year class created one combined artwork.

All artwork will be online to be bid on by families and the whole community until December 7.

The money raised from the show will go towards funding the school’s art program and musical the following year.

Accepted donated art from professional artists in the community has also been included in the auction which Art Show Coordinator, Michaela Bridgman, said will help to supplement the funds.

“The art show is also an amazing opportunity for local artists to get involved by donating artworks which are silently auctioned to help raise funds for our creative arts program in the following year’s musical,” Bridgeman said.

“In the past, we have had many local artists come into our school and work with students in their creations and art-making.

“Due to COVID-19 this hasn’t happened; however, students have still had an incredible time exploring a range of mediums and materials, making sculptures, painting using acrylics and watercolours, drawing, creating pottery and many more artistic activities.

“The art show has been running biennially for over 20 years, and I have been coordinating them for the past 10 years since I started working at Pretty Beach PS.

“Students relish the opportunity to express themselves in creative ways at our school, art being just one of them, and by providing different art materials, they can explore and find a medium they really enjoy working with.

“Holding a whole art show where we showcase the student’s body of artworks alongside professional artists, validates and recognises that their artworks are important expressions and messages to be valued and appreciated by all.”

Jacinta Counihan