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Artist in Residence

Our students work is all over the school
​You will notice, in the wonderful new signs we have around the school, that we have a new mascot. This is Darcy Dragon and Darcy is the brainchild of our wonderful Artist-in-Residence, Ms Kirsten Dale-Cutler. Kirsten has been teaching our students art skills for the past four years and she has had a profound effect on our children’s interests in Art and the talent she has let children reveal in themselves is truly remarkable!
Two years ago, Kirsten worked with children to develop a wall hanging that now is exhibited in our library, then she decorated my office with remarkable artistry, then she brought the front of our tuckshop to life, she brought together students’ face paintings into a wonderful montage and framed these so that they are now on display in our school foyer, and currently she is painting an Indigenous mural within the Indigenous garden adjacent to the school garden beside the Year 4/5 eating area. All of her work has brought style and interest to our school environment.
In addition to this, Kirsten has decorated one side of the bicycle compound and made it very attractive.
In teaching our children the joy and rewards of painting and creating, Kirsten has added a new dimension to our curriculum and one which we never could have provided without her wonderful talent!
Two years ago, we held an Art competition where all students painted their favourite depiction of an owl. These were then judged and the paintings of the winners in each year level became the owls depicted on our awards for children who are reaching their learning or behaviour goals. We call these our OWL Awards with OWL meaning Our Wonderful Learners.
Deception Bay North has been privileged to have Kirsten working with and for our children and Darcy will stay on our school signs as a permanent reminder of the wonderful artist that Kirsten is!
When you come to the school, please walk around and see what an exciting place we have created!