ART: Saskia McGrath, Tia Burchell, Sharas Eggins and Liam Johnson created artworks to commemorate the First World War.
ART: Saskia McGrath, Tia Burchell, Sharas Eggins and Liam Johnson created artworks to commemorate the First World War. Caitlan Charles

Commemorating the First World War through art

STUDENTS from South Grafton Public School have been busily creating a response to the First World War with artist Kerrie Howland that are now on show at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

Ms Howland, who is an art facilitator for the Clarence Valley Council, ran six workshop where she worked with the students to create artworks using a range of mediums to explore different representations of the First World War.

"How World War Ones documented sort of mainly through old photographs, and a lot of these old photographs are these scenes of landscape,

"You know the deserts, the oceans, and the trenches as well, so what I did is I visually brought those images into the classroom and we started to then produce the work," Ms Howland said.

Using mixed media, layering and composition, group work, creatin texture, action and movement, Ms Howland helped the students create emotive and commemorative pieces to honour the First World War.

Working with the students since February, Ms Howland said she'd been impressed by how positive the kids had been during the workshops.

Director of the Gallery, Jude McBean, said she was extremely impressed by the work created by the year five and six students.

"I was just absolutely fascinated by what you created," Ms McBean said in a speech at the gallery.

The Grafton Regional Gallery has been holding exhibitions to commemorate the First World War since 2014 with a number of shows, including the WWI Schools Respond exhibition.

Ms McBean said they will continue to hold commemorative exhibitions for the First World War over the next few years.



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