Published: Monday 8th December 2014
Three Australian Catholic University students have created a 39-metre mural at Homebush Public School in the primary school playground.
The Homebush Public School Mural project started its creative journey in March 2014 when ACU Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (BVAD) students Montana O’Neill, Sophie Tsoukalas and Rebecca Malin met the Acting Principal of the school Alex Moussawer, the Assistant Principal Brian Lambert and teachers Wendy Owen and Vicki Johnstone to discuss ideas and opinions about the content of their design.
Their vision for the almost 40-metre long wall in the primary school playground, ‘Adventure story’, was to brighten up the area and engage the young students. ‘Adventure story’ is an educational and interactive mural depicting a journey of the imagination through various bright and cheerful landscapes. Images of the children are transported into a variety of settings – alongside campfires, wild and native animals, street scenes, idyllic rural locations – that capture environmental, health and safety themes, and invite them to find letters, colours and numbers in the pictures.
The painting started on site in September. Montana, Sophie and Rebecca composed their subjects and 30 ACU students from various courses volunteered their help. Total painting time of this large mural amounted to over 500 hours.
Ms Owen and Ms Johnston said all the staff, children and their parents loved the mural and that it had brightened up the playground by creating a bright and colourful play and learning area for the children.
Mr Moussawer said the mural was “a stunning addition to our playground. We are thankful to the university students and coordinators for their time and effort in accomplishing this wonderful project, which students at Homebush Public School will enjoy for years to come”.
For Mr Lambert, “the best part about having the mural is seeing the children interacting with the art and smiling”.
The mural was made possible thanks to generous financial support of the Associate Vice-Chancellor of ACU, Professor Marea Nicholson, David Backhouse of the Strathfield Council and Dee Yalcin from Bunnings at Lidcombe.
During a visit to the school this week to see the finished work, Professor Nicholson acknowledged that learning environment outside the classroom was as important as work done in class. “The scale and variety of the mural images lend themselves to interactive games, puzzles and in this playground the children can claim their space in a social and imaginative way.”
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