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ROCK ON: "The Rock Doctor" John Jackson with some murals created by school students at one of his workshops. Adam Hourigan

History lesson 300 million years in the making

ARTIST in residence, the Rock Doctor John Jackson, has not only been busy painting up a geological storm in the studio at the Grafton Regional Gallery, he has been taking his show on the road to three Clarence Valley schools during his tenure here.

Dr Jackson, who has a PhD in geology, has been educating the youngsters at Palmers Island, Wooli and Grafton Public Schools about the three ages of geologic time* - fishes (400-300 million years ago), dinosaurs (250-65 million) and mammals (65 million to now) - and creating colourful murals as part of the lesson.

He said he would spend half an hour talking about the origins of the Clarence before letting them loose with the paintbrushes and markers.

"I had a great time with the kids. They are fascinated with these kinds of stories and loved illustrating what they learned through the murals."

Dr Jackson said Palmers Island tackled the Age of Fishes, Wooli the Dinosaurs and Grafton Public, Mammals.

"Grafton has asked me to come back next year. They really enjoyed themselves and I certainly enjoyed working with them."

The murals are hanging at the Grafton Regional until the end of this week when Dr Jackson wraps up his residency and donates them back to the school as a memento of his visit.


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