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Big Day In Visual Arts Reflection

 
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Each Year QACI hosts The Big Day In for Visual Art students in Year 11 and 12. This day brings together students and practising artists. Having the opportunity to sit down with these artists is a fantastic way to learn about their art practice, life experience and various art making techniques. Throughout the day the artists present aoubt their experience and practice as an artist, then facilitate a workshop teaching hands-on skills in different mediums.

For this year’s Big Day In, I had the opportunity to participate in the workshop held by Damien Kamholtz. Kamholtz is an artist who has spent the last few years living in Kakadu and Arnum Land learning about traditional techniques from the aboriginal communities. Because of his connections and education within the aboriginal communities, Damien was able to provide us with traditional Ochre rocks for us to make our own paint with. The process of making our own materials from scratch was an opportunity none of us had experienced before. We found the process of making the paint, and then using it for our own artworks to be very freeing and exciting.

Each artist’s workshop used different mediums. Anita Hochman’s workshop experimented with holographic paints on landscapes. Dave Machin works with metal armatures shaped with newspaper, and plaster. Other workshops worked with natural materials through weaving and sculpture making, or predominantly inks, charcoals and oil pastels.

With each artist working in different materials, the outcomes were each vastly different, yet beautiful in their own right. Every student who participated came out with at least one artwork well on its way to becoming a finalised product.

Being able to work closely with artists in such a focused environment gives us an experience that greatly enhances our knowledge within visual art. With the unique materials and the additional insight, not taught in books, they gave us the opportunity as student artists to create things and experiment with new materials and methods, we otherwise would not have known.

...article written by Acacia Calder, Year 12

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Last reviewed 21 March 2019
Last updated 21 March 2019