The Art of Australia

The Art of Australia

Elwood Middle School sixth-graders had the exciting opportunity to learn from Australian artist Chris Pitkin in their art classes during the first two weeks of March. Mr. Pitkin visits a number of schools with his program “A Taste of Australia” to speak with classes about Australia, including the native Australian art and music.

Mr. Pitkin educated students about native Australian culture, showcased some of his own artwork, played the didgeridoo and taught classes how to create Aboriginal Dot Paintings. Students worked together on one large canvas and used Australian symbols to create a unified story. Once completed, they all shared their story with their classmates.

“We try to have Chris Pitkin visit every year,” said art teacher Eleanor Grady. “The students love it and it incites their curiosity.”

“It’s a nice experience,” added sixth-grader Grace Motta. “I like that we are bringing Australia into class.”