Year 2 students from Immanuel Primary School have been inspired by Western Aranda artist Judith Pungarta Inkamala. Inkamala sculpts terracotta vessels using a coiling technique and paints imagery depicting life in her community onto these forms. These works speak to her strong connection to Country and Western Aranda culture, as well as her dedication to her ceramic practice.

The year 2 students watched a video of Inkamala talking about her life and the stories she paints on her ceramic vessels. After looking at examples of her work the students then painted their own story onto cardboard rolls. Some children painted an event, celebration, life story, hobby, experience - essentially something that stood out in their lives. We first painted the background two colours with acrylic paint and then used paint markers to draw over the top. We hung our works of art together in class groups as a collection of our stories. They make a great talking point and discussion among visitors to our classroom. 

Sharon Lynch | Art Teacher | Immanuel Primary School

Year 2 Immanuel Primary School