AS part of their visual arts unit, Year 6 students at St Peter's Primary School, Port Macquarie have been creating portraits. The standard of work produced by these 11 and 12-year-olds has amazed me. Many of the works would not have looked out of place in a high school art class. The students were required to view an instructional DVD on developing portraits and then apply what they had viewed to paper. The class paid close attention to the examples shown, then reproduced the techniques and quickly picked up new skills. The portraits unit included water colour portraits, where students have used beautifully contrasting colours (which have reminded me of ornate stained glass windows), shaded portraits and another black and white version which has used an interesting range of patterns and designs. As the students have finished their works and had them displayed around the room, it has been a wonderful sight to have in the learning environment. I see the primary school visual arts course as an excellent confidence injection for students who may not typically view themselves as artists. Jeff Styles teaches Year 5/6 at St Peter's Primary School, Port Macquarie.