Glover Prize Arts in Education program inspires young artists

GLOVER'S COLOURS: Newstead College students Zoe Boon, Melanie Grossman and Kiahni Hoekstra take in the artworks at the Glover Prize. Picture: Scott Gelston.

GLOVER'S COLOURS: Newstead College students Zoe Boon, Melanie Grossman and Kiahni Hoekstra take in the artworks at the Glover Prize. Picture: Scott Gelston.

By the time the Glover Prize People’s Choice Award is announced on Sunday afternoon more than 1000 children will have experienced the landscape painting exhibition at Evandale.

Primary school, high school and college students visited the exhibition as part of the Glover Prize Arts in Education program, but some also with parents and friends.

Three grade 12 Newstead College friends visited the exhibition on Thursday and said they enjoyed the vivid landscapes.

“I liked the use of colour,” Kiahni Hoekstra, 17, said, while her friend Melanie Grossman, 17, said she found the blue trees in Jason Cordero’s The Pool’s Reflection fascinating.

“I liked how detailed [the paintings] are and the painting techniques,” Melanie said. 

“I like how realistic they look, like photographs,” Zoe Boon, 17, said.

The girls’ comments were echoed by Glover Prize curator Jane Deeth, who said children attending the exhibition responded positively to the paintings that contained a narrative and those that looked realistic.

“This year it’s so colourful; there’s a bit of joy in the room. [Children] find it amazing how the artists make things look real,” Ms Deeth said.

“But they also like looking at things outside their comfort zone and asking questions about why the artists did that. They like unpacking the story in the details,” she said.

The Glover Prize exhibition continues at Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale, all weekend, with the People’s Choice announced at 3pm on Sunday.

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