Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Picture Tells 1000 Words; Students Learning on the Road

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Picture Tells 1000 Words; Students Learning on the Road

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EMPIRE Vale Public School is taking the classic saying "a picture tells a 1000 words" to a new level by developing an innovative creative writing program that uses art masterpieces as a stimulus for creative writing.

The students have been appreciating and working with the permanent art collection from the South Australian Art Gallery to inspire their creative thinking, explore text types and build their vocabulary.

The school has been monitoring and mapping the students' progress and has been delighted by the rich learning outcomes obtained through linking the key learning areas of art and literacy.

The students have fallen in love with the art collection, which has inspired them to take risks in expressing themselves through narratives, persuasive texts, descriptions, procedures and poetry.

This led the school to apply for a Sidney Myer Art Foundation Grant that helped the senior class step away from admiring the artworks on the classroom interactive whiteboard and fly to Adelaide to appreciate the artworks "up close and personal" in their gallery setting.

Whilst visiting the South Australian Art Gallery the students had an opportunity to appreciate a range of art exhibitions, respond to the art experience by making artworks in an artist-run studio space and facilitate a peer led writing workshop with students from Victor Harbor Public School, south of Adelaide

"Seeing the artwork 'Circe Invidiosa' up close was very interesting, I liked listening to the real story behind it. …

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