Valley View PS students work on Aboriginal art project

Local artist, Maurice Goolagong, helped students create Aboriginal art

Students at Valley View Public School have participated in a project to build Aboriginal art murals in a bid to boost Indigenous education in schools across the Coast.

Local artist, Maurice Goolagong, visited the school on May 3 to help provide support to students who began to create their canvases.

Goolagong, who is also the Aboriginal education officer at Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina, shared knowledge and customs of the local area, and discussed the differences between contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art with the students.

Coordinator Kellie McCabe said students will eventually take home the completed canvases.

“Our children worked independently, and Maurice provided feedback on techniques to improve the artworks,” McCabe said.

“We discussed Aboriginal culture in detail and children were able to select animals and items of interest to create their own individual artworks.

“We spoke about the artworks that Maurice has created and he told the story behind the inspiration of each one.”

McCabe said students enjoyed the day and will continue with the project when Goolagong returns to the school.

Newsletter, May 11
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