Butterfly art project lands on water tank

NEW PROJECT: Rapid Bay Primary School principal Mark Shadiac and students Della, Jasper, and Jazmyn size up one of the butterfly designs at the tank. Photo: Dani Brown.
NEW PROJECT: Rapid Bay Primary School principal Mark Shadiac and students Della, Jasper, and Jazmyn size up one of the butterfly designs at the tank. Photo: Dani Brown.

RAPID BAY – The art of Rapid Bay Primary School students will live for as long as the elements allow on a water tank near the foreshore.

The tank, which supplies water to the campground, will be adorned with paintings of beautiful monarch butterflies and a number of plants found in the area.

Students decorated light pole foundations on the Rapid Bay jetty last year, and once they got a taste of the painting bug, they wanted more.

Principal Mark Shadiac said the idea of painting the tank came out of that project.

“We consider all of Rapid Bay as the school,” Mr Shadiac said.

“We like to involve ourselves in authentic learning; dealing with real-life projects is the best way to cement their learning."

He said different elements of the curriculum were included through the project, such as arts, design, construction, project planning, and researching.

Research into which butterflies and plants to include took place before designs were created.

“At the school around Easter time, it’s awash with monarch butterflies,” Mr Shadiac said.

“The students take care of them and hatch some in the classroom.”

The District Council of Yankalilla provided a $1000 grant for equipment purchase and associated costs.

Local artist Sia Booth, who played a key role in getting the jetty project underway, is on board.