Aboriginal artist Anthony Walker teaches St Finbarr’s students the use and meanings of key Aboriginal symbols.
Aboriginal artist Anthony Walker teaches St Finbarr’s students the use and meanings of key Aboriginal symbols.

Art skills passed on to students

Aboriginal artist Anthony Walker recently spent two days displaying his specialist techniques to students at St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School in Byron Bay.

Anthony shared tales with the students which have been passed onto him by his grandparents.
He also taught students the use and meanings of key Aboriginal symbols.

St Finbarr’s principal John Wilson said the children then created group works based on their own tales and use of the symbols. 

 "The finished canvasses are spectacular and will be on permanent display at the school," he said.

This was just one of the many art activities that were conducted at the school during Art Week.

"We focused on the theme of ‘growing’ and the children decorated poles around the school, did chalk drawings, made lanterns and each class worked together to paint a canvas," Mr Wilson said.

"The week culminated in the annual Art Show which was a celebration of the entire students’ hard work during the term.”

Class works were then auctioned at the show. 

 "If the auction results are anything to go by, the class paintings are now collector’s items," Mr Wilson said.

 Parents and the local community inspected more than 300 art pieces while enjoying music from the school band.

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