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New murals created by Engadine Public School students installed at shopping centre

Engadine Central shopping centre has a bright new artistic attraction thanks to the creative talents of students at a local primary school.

Students from Engadine Public School, under the direction of art teacher Nicole Gizas, created a series of large scale mural panels, which were installed this week on the external wall of the shopping centre, facing Old Princes Highway.

The project, which was funded by Engadine Central, involved all students from kindergarten to year 6, and Mrs Gizas painstakingly hand painted all their names - almost 400 in total - on the artwork.

The artwork replaces a similar creation by Engadine Public School students in 2015. The original artworks have been returned to the school for display.

Centre manager Renee Barnes said the partnership with the school enabled the talents of young people from the area to be showcased while creating engaging and imaginative spaces for shoppers to enjoy.

"With this year being challenging for many people, a project like this is not only an opportunity for the students to shine but something in which the entire community can take pride," she said.

"I'm overwhelmed by what the students have created."

The students were involved in both the design process as well as the painting of the mural.

The project started with an art lesson in which they explored shape and composition.

The final design was a combination of the shapes created by students, arranged and combined by Mrs Gizas.

Each student then painted a part of the mural.

Mrs Gizas said Engadine Public school had a well-established Visual Arts Program and purpose-built art studio that had been running for 30 years and was the envy of many schools.

"Students recognise and are given genuine opportunities to succeed and see themselves and their peers as young artists making a real impact," she said.

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