by Mary Findlay
ART classes have come to an end for a number of Granite Belt school children.
Bendigo Bank has sponsored the art classes held every Tuesday this term at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.
This generous contribution has enabled a number of young people to be creative and enjoy the wonderful artistic aesthetics of the gallery.
The three resident artists who ran the program, Julie Brown, Laurie Astill and Dean Ford, found they got as much joy out of teaching about art as the children attending the classes did.
Boomerang Bags Stanthorpe made art bags that the students have painted and Julie Brown made portfolio folders for storing their amazing art.
Most weeks 10 students attended but there has been as many as 14 kids enrolled.
It has been a huge success with all the students wanting to sign up for next term.
During the term the students have worked on self-portraits, graffito, designs, patterns and printing.
The students used their skills to decorate their boomerang bags and the portfolio folders.
This wonderful partnership between the Bendigo Bank, local artists, Boomerang Bags, the gallery and the students has been a catalyst for helping our young people to express themselves in their own unique way.
What has been apparent is the focus and camaraderie that this program has offered with many of the students helping each other.
We are looking forward to continuing these art classes well into the future.