Lockridge Primary School was one of the schools whose talented students recently participated in an arts program to help create an art installation for ‘EverNow’s’ Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak at Kings Park.
The EverNow festival, that ran in early October, was made up of three shows and run during the Noongar season of Kambarang.
Lockridge teacher Justine Moorman led a Year 5 and a Year 6 class through the process, which combined their visual arts program, Indigenous culture, local culture, and sustainability.
Over four weeks, more than 80 milk bottles were carved by hand by the students, who also used carved boab nuts, emu eggs and banksias as inspiration shapes to weave the artwork.
Each milk bottle was individually lit up, creating the final sculpture of the festival.
“For them to see their potential and be a part of something so much bigger; it tells them this is where you can be,” Ms Moorman said.
“You are real artists, and your work has value. You’re telling them that 30,000 people saw their work."
After this year’s success, Ms Moorman wants more teachers and students from the school to create artwork for the program next year.
There are already plans to use their newfound skills to create a sculpture using the leftover cuttings of the milk bottles.