Year 5&6's Brush with Fame!

How can painting portraits build empathy and understanding in a community?

Inspired by 'Anh Do's Brush With Fame', Minimbah Year 5 and 6 students are painting portraits of a classmate – part of their 'Who We Are' Unit of Inquiry.

By asking meaningful questions, recording information, and persisting with refined sketching and painting skills, students not only produced impressive artworks, they developed an understanding of others' stories and supported each other through the artistic process.

The reveals of Minimbah's 'Inspired by Anh' portrait project produced some beautiful reactions, as students appreciated the care, respect and attention their classmates had taken when interviewing, painting, sharing and reflecting on their work.

Where thoughtful questioning and active listening lead, shared understanding, and empathy will follow.