Local artist and Teachers Aide, Leanne Ward, has been working with the students at the Muswellbrook High School as part of the school’s visual art program.
Leanne said, “The large seascape mural was created from a workshop I conducted with Yr 7 students from a 2018 class. I asked them to draw anything related to the ocean. I designed the mural from their drawings.
“Some students helped me paint the beach huts and gave me more ideas along the way. The mural has several images of cats hidden throughout as my former classroom teacher loved cats. The students love trying to find them all. Just when they think they’ve found them all, I sneak another one in!! I feel it will be an ongoing project! “
“The Picasso “Guernica” mosaic was something the Deputy Principal suggested I mosaic. He suggested creating it in black, white and grey….. but I put my own twist on it adding colour, real golf sticks, a badminton bat, a hockey stick and some handmade tiles. “
“The five faces are a series of 3 panels I’ve been working on at present based on our multicultural society”.
Leanne said, “I like mosaic because it’s very therapeutic, tactile, versatile and it’s been around for thousands of years. It can also be a challenge when trying to find the right pieces to enhance a project. It’s a great way to recycle old or broken china…. and … You never know what the outcome will be. The school grounds are forever changing.”
Images: courtesy of Leanne Ward.