SWAN Environmental Art Project
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY ACT-BELONG-COMMIT, CITY OF SWAN and SHIRE OF MUNDARING
ACT-BELong-Commit SWAN ENVIRONMENTAL ART PROJECT 2017
The Environmental Art Project has engaged students in the Shire of Mundaring for the last 16 years and this year, primary students in the City of Swan have joined the project, creating original artworks which were displayed at Midland Junction Arts Centre between 4 and 27 October 2017.
The Project sees primary schools from the local community engage in a process of discovery about the environment, translating their new knowledge into fun and creative visual representations. This year students investigated life in the leaf litter, to better understand food webs and the importance of small creatures in ecosystems.
Earlier in the year the Mundaring Arts Centre sent out education packages with research material to local schools, inviting students to investigate positive solutions for improving our environment. In May and June, environmental artist Angela Rossen and MAC Community Projects Officer Sarah Toohey ran workshops for primary schools in the City of Swan, exploring the importance of leaf litter in woodland ecology with drawing activities. Cathy Levett from the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council ran an iscopstand activity (iPad magnifying glass) investigating insects, fungi and invertebrates living in leaf litter.
The 2017 Project received 146 entries from Gidgegannup Primary School, Clayton View Primary School, Woodbridge Primary School, Helena River Steiner School and home school students. The 16 winning designs will be brought to life in large colourful banners and displayed publically in main thoroughfares throughout the City of Swan for one year. These winning designs are re- worked for banners under the guidance of artist Louise Cook.
This project provides an opportunity for primary school children in the City of Swan to engage with local and global environmental issues and promote a positive message about the importance of nurturing and protecting the earth.
Banner Painters 2017