The City of Armadale, along with Centre for Stories have heard raw and authentic experiences of young people within the Armadale community. With guidance from local artist Julie Fearns-Pheasant, students from Armadale Senior High School, Cecil Andrews College, Harrisdale Senior High School and Kelmscott Senior High School have had the opportunity to create a visual self-portrait using acrylic paint on canvas. Exploring themes such as individuality, identity, family, friendship, passion and nature, the students engaged in conversational interviews with Luisa Mitchell, Centre for Stories, about what it is like being a young person living in the City of Armadale.
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ALEENA: My name’s Aleena. I go to Harrisdale Senior High School and I'm 14 years' old.
KHUSHI: Hi, my name is Khushi. I also go to Harrisdale Senior High School and I’m also 14 years' old.
GWEN: My name's Gwyneth and I am turning 15.
TAMARI: My name is Tamari Suri Kula and I'm from Harrisdale Senior High School and I'm 15 years old. Like our whole entire group is so crazy. Very dramatic. I drew all of my friends as little fish and we made this circle together, because I trust them, that I can share my problems with them and they can help me out if I’m stressed out and stuff. It's just my parents have high expectations on like my grades and stuff.
My name is Isaac Mann. I'm 14 and I go to Cecil Andrews College. I just do like some comic book drawings and sometimes I do realism. I don't know, mainly silly characters. Yeah, sometimes I draw characters from movies, like Marvel movies, Harry Potter. Sometimes TV shows like SpongeBob, Batman, Spider-Man. Mainly just like how my family members do drawings. So, my pop does drawings and tattoos, and then another one of my pop's, he does paintings. If I finish my work early in class, I just draw on the back of my paper.
LUISA: So, tell me what you like about school?
JAMIA: Nothing. Well, sport has to be one of them, but not really. Same time, yeah. Then there's art and then the Stars Academy? That there as well, it's where you just basically go and sit around and have a yarn and that. Netball, footy, and a bit of volleyball, but it hurts my arm.
KEINA: Hi, my name is Keina and I'm a student at Harrisdale Senior High School and I'm 15 years old.
EMILY: I'm Emily. I'm from Harrisdale Senior High School as well and I'm also 15. I guess I'm pretty shy to people I don't know and don't really talk much unless I actually know you or something.
MAKAYLA: Hi, I’m Makayla. I'm 16 years old and I go to Kelmscott High School.
RIEKITA: Hello, I'm Riekita and I'm 16 and I go to Kelmscott Senior High School. Stuck together all the way through high school? No, we were in kindergarten. We were like… little ones. Really small.
VENNILA: Hi, I'm Venilla and I'm from Harrisdale Senior High School and I'm 15 years old.
DEVIKA: Hi, I'm Devika and I'm from Harrisdale as well and I'm 15.
Students participated in this project with parental consent. Any student or parent that wishes to withdraw their consent and have their contribution removed from this website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9394 5000.