Artist Sara Catena makes a Splash with Grade Fives

L to R: Rafaella, Xavier, Chelsea, Sara Catena, Taylor, Brandon, Johbert Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

L to R: Rafaella, Xavier, Chelsea, Sara Catena, Taylor, Brandon, Johbert
Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

We’ve always been a creative bunch at Kew Primary but things are about to ramp up! KPS’s first annual art show, Splash, is fast-approaching and over the next few months expect art, art, art to be the topic of conversation and activity. This week, Claire Bowers from the Splash organising committee tells us about artist Sara Catena’s visit with grade fives.

Grade Five students entering the art room on Tuesday 10 June were greeted with the sight of five joyful and exuberant paintings whose vividly colourful subjects seem to dance off the canvas. Rosy-cheeked women with angel wings drink tea with their friends; birds and cats dance across a perfectly blue sky.

“Be curious,” advised the Melbourne-based artist behind these wonderful artworks, Sara Catena. “Learn from observing what’s around you and follow your own path. Tell stories about yourself through your art.”

Sara is one of the ever-increasing number of talented artists who will be taking part in Kew Primary School’s first art show, Splash, to be held in October this year. Sara was invited into the school to run a hands-on workshop with the Grade Fives, to help inspire them in their own approach to art and encourage them to get engaged with the show.

Sara certainly kept her audience captivated, children and adults alike. As she explained what inspires her – personal stories transferred to canvas using a wide range of materials including embroidery, paint, pastels and even gold leaf – students eagerly asked her many questions about her technique, how and why she chooses her subjects and even what her favourite colour is (yellow).

Images by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

Images by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

Her passion and energy for creating beautiful and uplifting art was infectious and when she encouraged the students to come up with their own stories around the theme of ‘how I have changed’ and start sketching them out, the results were quite remarkable. Sara noted the high calibre of creative talent among the students; Kerry Lomas and the other teachers should be proud.

The students didn’t want Sara to leave and some asked when she would be coming back again! We are hoping that a couple more Splash artists will run similar workshops in the coming months, so watch this space…

A big thank you to Sara for leading a truly inspirational workshop and to Kerry for organising it. And of course, don’t forget to look out for Sara’s artworks at Splash itself, from 17-19 October. It’s not surprising to hear that her paintings usually sell out very quickly indeed…

Claire Bowers
Publicity, Splash 2014

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Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

Image by Bethanie Clarke, Pink Images

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