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Budding painters out to express

Thursday, 17th January, 2013

Jet Johnson (8) with his picture of Sunset Strip. Jet Johnson (8) with his picture of Sunset Strip.

By Emily Roberts

The children at the Regional Art Gallery's school holiday workshop yesterday certainly enjoyed the chance to get messy with paint.

The Gallery is holding another one today to help parents keep the kids entertained over the break.

Yesterday's workshop was for eight to 14-year-olds while the one today caters for the five to seven-year-olds.

The Gallery's Education Officer, Ian Howarth, along with assistant Kathy Graham, conducted the classes which were all about having fun while exploring the medium of paint.

Mr Howarth said the children were encouraged to let their imaginations run free, and to draw inspiration from the Gallery's current exhibition, "Three Artists From Espana".

"They practiced expressive painting and looking at colours. There is no theme; we just let their imagination run loose and tried to have a fun workshop," Mr Howarth said.

The exhibition from Spain include some paintings that featured Broken Hill in them and the children were encouraged to try and take that on in their work, Mr Howarth said.

"We got them to do preliminary drawings to get the creative juices flowing.

"We also visited the Gallery and looked at the exhibitions; hopefully that inspired the kids."

Nine-year-old Alice Bright said she enjoyed spending the day painting.

"I was going to paint a bunch of dogs but changed my mind and did some symbols," Alice said.

Harriet Brealey (9) did a peacock and a Mexican walking fish in a party hat.

"I like peacocks, axolotls and party hats," Harriet said.

"The exhibits gave me lots of ideas."

Harriet said she tried not to get too messy with the paint, but she just couldn't help it.

Jet Johnson (8) painted a landscape of Sunset Strip.

"We always go up there on holidays," Jet said. "I had fun. I might do some more painting."

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