My year of teaching art: 2015

image“It has been such a sad loss to have my lovely little school in Kwinana close due to lack of funding. The kids, teachers and parents were all heartbroken. It makes me kind of annoyed that the government could not see the value in funding us because we are too small. Small schools are such an asset. Many kids are overwhelmed by big schools; This is hardly surprising, as so much individual attention can be given when class sizes are small. The other school where I teach, has also taken knocks this year, having to reduce their staff dramatically. Again it is a beautiful, small, nurturing school. Fortunately I still have one day there as their art specialist.

2015, as always has been very chaotic at different points. In the second half of of the year I organised an exhibition for both of my schools. One was held at a community venue, the other at the school’s multi-purpose building. These are always huge undertakings, and are a fantastic opportunity for kids. Students always put extra effort into their work, and they help with the curating and openings. These pictures are from both of my schools, and remind me of the reason why I love what I do- seeing those faces beaming over something they have created….art is really so very valuable 💜

Alyssa Kanitsch

As an artist, I am deeply inspired by imagery that explores tangible metaphors. This is perhaps why I am drawn to the world of fairytale, fantasy, dreams and iconic or religious artwork; especially from artists in the early renaissance. In many of my paintings, I try to use images, landscapes and objects to weave together a story or a sense of nostalgia and distant memory. My favourite art medium is acrylics, however, I also love mucking around with mixed media and pastel, and I occasionally work with oils. I have been known to paint furniture, murals and surfboards, mostly because I love to surround myself with the energy of colour.

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