With many parents telling their kids their artwork is ‘gallery-worthy’, in the case of Yiyili Aboriginal Community School it’s the actual truth. We recently had the pleasure of working with Wellbeing Coordinator Emily who was looking for a project that would help inspire and empower the students by creating a product to sell alongside artwork at the well-known community gallery. A hot spot for tourists, Laari Aboriginal Gallery is a space for local artists to work and showcase in, with money raised from artwork sales going back into the community. With this in mind we helped create a tea towel featuring drawings from all 66 kids into a piece of art that could proudly be displayed for sale next to the fabulous work of their fellow artists.
Completing their artwork was an exciting exercise for all involved, Emily took them through the gallery for inspiration before they started on their pieces with some of the older students choosing to draw animals or their totem signs to represent themselves. The year 5 & 6 students also teamed up with the kindergarten kids to help them with their handprints, so overall it was an encouraging project for everyone.
Emily was very happy to report that the tea towels are selling really well through the gallery and the school with all of the fundraising profits are going towards bush, culture and language excursions for the students.