Monday, 11 April 2016
Charles Darwin University
Visual arts student Weniki Hensch
Visual arts student Weniki Hensch

Students paint for charity

By Katie Weiss

Visual arts students at Charles Darwin University have put their painting skills into practice for an annual charity art exhibition in Darwin.

About 15 students recently submitted works to the OFFCUTS exhibition fundraiser, organised by Don Whyte Framing where a percentage of artwork sales will go towards various charities.

Visual arts lecturer Sarah Pirrie said the students’ works featured alongside well-known and established artists, and would be assessed as part of their course.

“The experience has been incredibly valuable for the students and is an example of how they are being nurtured as part of their course,” Ms Pirrie said.

“Some students had never worked with a canvas or acrylic paints before.”

She said the project helped students gain skills including meeting deadlines, pricing and presenting works, developing a title and name, and creating a supply kit list.

Ms Pirrie said the students’ involvement at the event also gave them the opportunity to network with other artists.

This year’s exhibition theme was “Construction, mining and decadence” and Don Whyte Framing director Don Whyte supplied the canvases to the artists as part of the gallery’s contribution.

“The generosity of getting a free canvas alone has been very important to the students,” Ms Pirrie said.