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Starry, starry night

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November 15, 2017

More than 150 canvases were on display.

A gallery was created in the Mercy Centre for students, staff and family.

Miriam Ford and Lila Plunkett admiring the artwork.

Sacred Heart Primary School has produced its very own Vincent Van Goghs with students spending the past few months creating their own Starry Night-inspired paintings.

Creative arts teacher Matt Hooper said the activity took place during the students’ art lessons where they learnt about Van Gogh and the impressionism style in which he painted.

‘‘Each week, new layers of colour were added to their canvases, adopting Van Gogh’s technique of short brush strokes to give the painting a sense of movement,’’ Mr Hooper said.

‘‘Students applied layer after layer of these short brush strokes to create their magnificent star-filled sky, and slowly their canvases began to take shape.’’

Mr Hooper said the Starry Night paintings were then displayed at a walk-through gallery in the Mercy Centre on November 1.

‘‘Staff, parents and students as well as visitors from Moyola Retirement Village took in the magical night-time sky in a display of over 150 canvases of one of the world’s most recognisable pieces of art,’’ he said.

‘‘Just like the students, guests were encouraged to look at the work up close and then step back see all those short individual brushstrokes of paint come to life.

‘‘It was really something amazing to see all those canvases in the one room; they all did a terrific job.’’

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