THOMASTON — Thomaston Grammar School fifth-grade students had the opportunity recently to explore the ancient dot painting technique of Australian aboriginal art. Australian aboriginal art is made by the indigenous peoples of Australia and traditionally is displayed on leaves, wood, rocks, sculptures and ceremonial clothing.
In Thomaston, students are creating works on paper, but the technique, process and outcome are the same. Cynthia McGuirl was a guest artist in the fifth-grade classroom. She works for the RSU 13 Adult Education Program and is the Thomaston Grammar School after-school art program teacher. To learn more about art programs after school, stop by to see McGuirl 2:15-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the school.
During the school year, students created papier-mache masks; made jewelry from found objects; bound journals using the ancient Japanese stab binding technique; sewed hard- and soft-cover and folded art books; and crafted mosaics using donated tiles, flowerpots, colorful old plates, pottery and sea glass.
The after-school arts program at Thomaston Grammar School is free to students and supported by a grant through RSU 13 Adult and Community Education.
RSU 13 Adult and Community Education sponsors after-school arts clubs at Rockland Middle School and South School. For more information, call Shannon M. Parker at 594-9764 or stop by the school on Tuesdays after school.