Banks Street Kindy is privileged to have resident artist, Kath ‘the Art Lady’ Reilly to take the children on a creative journey exploring colour, line, drawing and observation. The Art Program is an incredibly rewarding experience for children, educators and parents alike. It is a bespoke program for the children of Banks Street Kindy and consistently surprises and delights us all.
Kath shares a core theme with the children at the start of each year (e.g. 2020 the theme is Water – “Tibbul” in Yuggera language – and in 2019 the focus was “All Creatures Small and Great”), and this is developed upon week by week. A strong focus of the art program is to encourage the children to truly embed themselves in the natural environment and formulate a plan from what they encounter. Art is a wonderful way for children to express and articulate their thoughts, both verbally and through creation.
Each term has a specific focus (e.g. Imagination or Observation) and the children use various mediums to develop their skills and show their creative flair. The Art Program culminates in the highlight of the Kindy year – the Annual Art Show where parents and friends view the incredible collaboration the children have been working on.
This year we have a community art trail to showcase the children’s artwork. It will be trailing from C&K Banks Street Community Kindergarten to Ashgrove Library and Grange Library.