It's time for an art attack
FOR 20 years, Dalby State School teacher Lynne Butters has had a passion for fostering her students' creativity and adding a splash of colour to the standard curriculum.
But this year, an innovative new program at the school will really put Miss Butters' passion into practice, with a dedicated art room and specialised weekly art lessons for students from Prep to Year Six.
Miss Butters, who completed a visual arts major alongside her teaching course at university, said this kind of specialised program was rare in public primary schools and had been a hit with students.
"It is quite unusual for a primary school to have a full-time art teacher and I am really excited to be given the opportunity to nurture and promote the artistic talents of students at our school,” Miss Butters said.
"I just love how art encourages children to be creative and this program allows the kids to express themselves and have some fun in a busy curriculum.
"I think most of them have really enjoyed it and it's interesting, because this creative outlet really suits some students.”
Miss Butters' classroom is a fun, colourful and creative space where students this term are learning the first element of art - colour - and will learn the other elements throughout the year.
"This unit, the kids are using lots of different mediums like drawing, painting and printmaking to focus on getting lots of colour on the page,” Miss Butters said.
"Next term will focus on line, pattern, shape and texture to cover all the other elements of art.”
Dalby State School principal Mona Anau said the addition of art to the specialist program was designed to give students a rounded education that included cultural as well as academic and sporting pursuits.
"Although not every child may be especially artistically talented, we believe all can develop an appreciation of art and will really enjoy the opportunity to explore their creative flair,” she said.
Miss Butters hopes to take the students on an excursion to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane later this year, and would also like to organise a school exhibition where students will have the opportunity to show off their creative talents.
The cultural program on offer at Dalby State School also offers a specialised music department and biennial school musical.