This year, another year that QACI Visual Art students are privileged to have an entire day dedicated to Visual Art! To those who have not heard of Big Day In or are new to the QACI community, Big Day In is a day where QACI invites 5 practising artists, who each have their own unique style to share their art, techniques and wisdom about their creative passion, guiding us to embrace challenges and be inspired to create art.
Some of the workshops that were available involved creative methods such as photography, sculpture, print and watercolour. The down side to the day, as every artist would agree, is that students are only allowed to choose one artist to work with. A difficult choice as you could imagine!
During the day, Visual Art students acquire an in-depth knowledge about the art methods of these practising artists and how we, as students can create our own unique work utilising these methods. Truly a case of being inspired by the success of others!
In the first part of the day we were introduced to our artists.
Dave Machin – Drawing and Sculpture
Dave Nixon – Printmaking
Joachim Froese – Photography
Simone Eisler – Sculpture
Zoe Porter – Experimental watercolour and performance
After the initial introductions we then received the chance to try our artist’s creative methods. This enabled our Year 11 students to explore different techniques and our Year 12 students it brought something ever so slightly different to play. Year 12 students have the challenge of creating our final inspiring works to be presented in the IB exIBit at the end of our studies.
During the course of lunch there was a resounding buzz as students talked about their workshops. It was interesting to hear the various perspectives and as always great to see our own personal influences shining through in the various techniques we were experimenting with.
Following lunch, we resumed our workshops and continued our exploration into the various art techniques, thus expanding our knowledge of our art as we know it.
At the end of this amazing day – no one cared that it was late – we got the chance to share our created works with the rest of our peers at QACI. I was pretty impressed and the works that were produced were truly amazing and inspirational. The excitement and creativity during this whole day could be felt through all the art rooms; such a shame we can’t do it everyday! This day of creativity was an awe-inspiring experience and I know I certainly appreciated it!