March 2, 2012

Sun, sand, students and aluminium art!

Students from Perth, Peel and the South-West will spend a day in a ‘classroom’ with arguably the best view in WA next week, when they attend the Sculpture by the Sea 'Alcoa School Education Program' at Cottesloe Beach.

This year, the ‘Alcoa School Education Program’ will see over 2,300 students participate in hands-on workshops with artists who are exhibiting in what is now Perth’s largest outdoor art exhibition.

As a major partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Alcoa of Australia invites a number of schools from around its WA operations to take part in the workshops – around 300 students from the regions surrounding Kwinana, Pinjarra, Wagerup and Alcoa’s mining operations are travelling to Perth to participate.

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg said: “It’s a fantastic day out of their usual learning environment. If previous years are anything to go by, the kids have so much fun interacting with the sculptures and creating their own that they probably forget they’re actually doing a lot of important learning in the process.”

Alcoa’s metal, aluminium - in the form of aluminium wire and foil - is one of the materials the children will use to create their mini-masterpieces.  Aluminium, described as the ‘miracle metal’ for its versatility and endless recyclability, also features in eight sculptures this year.

“We do a whole bunch of stuff with schools around our operations and our partnership with Sculpture by the Sea is another way we connect with kids - it’s wonderful to give so many kids this unique opportunity and hopefully they’ll learn a thing or two about our miracle metal too,” he said.

“Our kids are the heart of our communities, our future, and as a father of four I certainly believe experiences like this enrich young lives.”

In addition to the artist workshops, a further 6,000 students are expected to learn more about the arts during excursions to Cottesloe as their teachers utilise the online teaching resources available as part of the wider ‘Alcoa School Education Program’.

2012 marks the eight year of Alcoa’s partnership with Sculpture by the Sea - the company has been involved since the outdoor exhibition first came to Perth in 2005.

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Sculpture by the Sea runs from 1 – 19 March 2012.

Schools invited by Alcoa to participate in 2012 are:

Tuesday 6 March 2012
Dwellingup Primary School
North Dandalup Primary School
Waroona District High School
Pinjarra Primary School
Thursday 8 March 2012
North Parmelia Primary School
Harvey Primary School
Friday 9 March 2012
Yarloop Primary School
Carcoola Primary School
Monday 12 March 2012
St Joes, Waroona
Medina Primary School
Wednesday 14 March 2012
North Dandalup Primary School
Dwellingup Primary School
Bertram Primary School

Photos are available of school children at workshops and with sculptures on the beach for groups attending on Monday 12 March 2012.

For more about Alcoa’s involvement with schools visit: