Visual Art Big Day In – 2014 Workshop
As told by Year 11 Art Student Stephany Banal, Photos by Molly Wibaux
- Zoe Porter on watercolour,
- Dave Machen on sculpture,
- Nancy Brown on textiles printmaking,
- Sophie Munns on expressive mark making,
- Simone Eisler on natural installation and
- Joachim Froese on Photography.
At 8.45 the theatre was a sea of colour as students herded into the theatre dressed in casual attire. We were introduced to the artists and given a briefing for the day, which we were told was to last until 7:30pm – a long day indeed.
We then broke into our individual workshops to be given a more in depth introduction about the artist we were working with. During the workshop students were taught several artistic techniques on how to use different mediums. In the expressive mark-making workshop that I participated in, we were taught unconventional ways of creating marks on the page. Instead of using pencils or paint brushes we were encouraged to use ink with twigs, seed pods and our fingers as well as paper with thread. Students also participated in a “conversation” where two students, each with a twig conversed with each other through expressive marks on the same paper. Conversations ranged from tranquil to dramatic; my conversation looked more like an argument but I settled for the fact that our silent conversation was most likely about Global Warming or lack on personal space in the school elevators.
At the end of the first session we broke up for lunch and were greeted by an array of pizzas from Dominos in the refectory. Perhaps it could be said, “There is no greater love than a hungry teenager and their pizza”.
The afternoon session lasted from 1:30pm to sometime around 5:00pm. In the expressive mark-making workshop students created concertina books, which contained expressive marks of ink and watercolour on thick paper. At some point in the afternoon Mr Jose paid a visit to see what we were doing. At the end of the session all the concertina books were collected and brought down to the refectory where all of the day’s proceeds were being displayed. By then the refectory was a flurry of students carrying in large sculptures, paintings and drawings as well as those who had finished and were waiting for dinner – curry and rice was to be served at 5:30pm.
After the displays were all set up, everyone congregated in the refectory and Ms Stevens said a few words which included “Please do not rush to the food like hungry little animals that have not been fed for weeks” and “Everyone shall put their phones in the centre on the table and we shall have a civilized dinner where people actually talk to each other” which seemed like a foreign concept to the average teenager and was replied to with a simultaneous sigh that rippled around the room like a Mexican wave.
After dinner, one or two students from each workshop showed a three minute presentation regarding their activities for the day, which was followed by each artist reflecting on the time they got to spend with their QACI students. Overall the workshop was a very enjoyable experience. The artworks I created and techniques that I learnt are sure to be something I will take to my final exhibition and beyond.