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Students marvel at world of colour

Thursday, 7th April, 2011

Railwaytown's Tim Bugmy shows off his work alongside celebrated local artist Albert Woodroffe. Tim said he hopes to once day be famous for his indigenous art. Railwaytown's Tim Bugmy shows off his work alongside celebrated local artist Albert Woodroffe. Tim said he hopes to once day be famous for his indigenous art.

A group of Railwaytown students entered a world of colour and creativity on Tuesday when they took a tour of Albert Woodroffe's studio and gallery in Silverton.

The Year 3 and 4 students marvelled at the paintings, photographs and carvings on display in the gallery before taking a look through Mr Woodroffe's studio and viewing some of his current projects.

Mr Woodroffe said getting children involved and interested in painting and art was essential if Broken Hill wanted to keep its reputation as a hub for quality artwork.

"A lot of the artists in town are around 50 or 60 years old and there doesn't seem to be a lot of young ones coming through," he said.

"So it's important to get them in and show them what we do. The more of a hand we can give them, the better.

"Painting is a big part of our culture here so we need to invite young people into our space."

Along with the tour, students were also given an art lesson by Mr Woodroffe which focused on basic drawing techniques and rules of perspective.

The visit was part of an overnight excursion to Silverton held by Railwaytown which involved teaching students about Broken Hill's present, past and its culture.

The children stayed in the Youth Camp hall and enjoyed cooking lessons, bush survival skills and a treasure hunt during their stay. They also held a history class in the former Silverton School.

"It's just a trip to help them understand what life was like out here," said teacher Jane Vaughan.

"And for a lot of them it's their first overnight excursion, so that's a big deal in itself."

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