Characters given life

Pic of students: Maddison; Elijah; Mia and Isla with their favourite books and artist Daniel Burrowes, who is painting a mural with students' favourite book characters. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 229474_01

By Alesha Capone

A mural with a literary theme is being painted at Truganina South Primary School.

The school’s assistant principal Cass Beckman said the mural featured pupils’ favourite book characters.

Artist Daniel Burrowes has been painting the mural at the library, near the school’s main entrance.

“It’s a place where we encourage our students to build a love of reading whilst they immerse themselves in quality literature,” Ms Beckman said.

“We wanted to invest in a piece of art which would make our library even more inviting for our students, especially after a very interrupted school year last year.”

Ms Beckman said the school staff had spoken with students to ask which characters they would like to see included in the mural.

“The characters they listed were Pig the Pug, Where’s Wally, Diary of a Whimpy Kid plus many, many more,” she said.

“We presented our ideas to artist Daniel Burrowes and with his many talents he was able to create something that exceeded our expectations.”

Ms Beckman said the pupils have enjoyed watching the Burrowes paint the mural. “They have asked him questions about how he draws and designs his art and they have been excited every morning to see the progress,” she said.

“Our staff and families are also very excited by the painting and have loved watching it take shape from the original sketch to the finished product.”