Water art makes a splash

 Caroline McCallum taught pupils at Elliminyt Primary School about different fabrics and sewing techniques for the Corangamite Waterwatch fibre-artwork competition. An exhibit at Ballarat this month will show Emily Robinson’s winning artwork.

Caroline McCallum taught pupils at Elliminyt Primary School about different fabrics and sewing techniques for the Corangamite Waterwatch fibre-artwork competition. An exhibit at Ballarat this month will show Emily Robinson’s winning artwork.

AN ELLIMINYT Primary School pupil has won an environment themed art prize open to hundreds of primary school pupils.

Grade Five pupil Emily Robinson’s tapestry, Bottom of the Paddock, won the Primary School Individual Student Section of the Corangamite Waterwatch fibre-artwork competition.

Elliminyt Primary School’s art teacher Caroline McCallum said Emily’s tapestry used a lot of different skills.

“It’s great that she’s won this award, she like all the other students put a lot of effort into the work,” Ms McCallum said.

“Students from grade three to six worked on their pieces in class for about four weeks,” she said.

“They learnt how to hand sew and learnt different stiches and they had to learn about all the different fabric and how they acted when they’re ripped and cut.”

Ms McCallum said Emily represented this year’s theme, water, through a water tank and a lake.

“She chose to put a windmill on her tapestry because she really liked windmills, so we looked at some different landscapes and figured out how to work it into the theme,” she said.

The competition was open to all primary school pupils and high school students at Ballarat, Geelong, Queenscliffe, Moorabool, Surf Coast, Corangamite, Golden Plains, Colac Otway and Moyne shires.

An exhibition opening on June 18 at the Ballarat Mining Exchange will showcase the artwork from this year’s competition.

Waterwatch is a community-based organisation which encourages people to learn about maintaining or improving water quality.

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