Shire of Mundaring Christmas tree project 2017

​HUNDREDS of individual artworks created by children in years 1 to 12 are on display as part of Shire of Mundaring's annual Christmas tree project.

This year the initiative, run in partnership with Mundaring Arts Centre (MAC), saw students from Treetops Montessori and International Baccalaureate School in Darlington paint more than 300 canvas leaves with their interpretations of the theme Christmas Critters.

Artist Ellen Sabatino worked with students, alongside other artists, to make their festive vision come to life.

"We wanted to create something that the community could engage with and something nice and Christmassy for the kids.

"We came up with the theme of Christmas Critters and the kids could design their own and come up with whatever they wanted," said Ms Sabatino.

James Griffiths (11), Micah Pollard (10) and Elora Pollard (7) were among the students who worked on the project.

"We got sheets and we got to paint them and we got a pre-painted sheet and we got to decorate it," explained James.

"I did a Christmas tree kind of thing. I also did a reindeer and I did a yellow star right at the top," said Micah.

The tree, which consists of a 20-foot tall metal frame and more than 300 artworks, was erected last week at the front of the Shire of Mundaring Administration Building by volunteers from the Mundaring Rotary Club.

Ms Sabatino said the project had given the students an artistic outlet and delivered a vibrant piece of community art that both residents and passers-by could enjoy.

"It just let them be really creative, it was a space where lots of different years were all in the room at once and they were able to bounce ideas off each other…there was no real restriction on what they could and couldn't do," she said.

"Just to see their work up in the Shire…it's really exciting for the kids to come past and say, 'Oh that's my one!' and spot it out and tell their friends. I think that's exciting for them."

The Christmas tree will remain on display at 7000 Great Eastern Highway as an entry statement to the Mundaring Village for the duration of the festive season.

Run annually by Shire of Mundaring, in collaboration with MAC and a local school, the project is made possible thanks to support from Mundaring Rotary Club and Eastern Hills Saws and Mowers.


Pictured: Treetops students James Griffiths, Elora Pollard and Micah Pollard with
project artist Ellen Sabatino.

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