Year 11 and 12 had the opportunity to participate in the annual Visual Arts Big Day In, time spent learning and exploring different facets of art. This year students were able to work with 1 of 5 practising artists across varying mediums and styles. The artists running workshops in 2021 were Caroline Gasteen, Louis Lim, Georgie Pinn, Bill Platz, and Carolyn Watson. These provided opportunities to explore life drawing, sculpting, digital animation. Big Day In enables Visual Art students to take a formalised break from the IB curriculum to make art without the pressure of perfecting it or submitting it for assessment.
This year I chose to work with Caroline Gasteen. Caroline Gasteen is an artist from Brisbane who focusses on breaking down 2 dimensional images into 3 dimensional shapes using oil paints and boards. Her workshop included learning about abstraction, making 3D collages, and creating acrylic paintings of our collages. Not only was this workshop very educational and insightful, but also fun. Working with a Brisbane-based artist face-to-face was a great experience to see how people, living in Brisbane can be successful in their art. Caroline was lots of fun to work with and I learnt so much from her.
Other artists offering workshops were:
Louis Lim. With the final product being a photo zine, students worked with 10 – 20 personal or family photographs to develop a final art piece used as a reflection of their year in 2020. This photography and book binding workshop developed the techniques required for pamphlet binding, along with photography and computer skills.
Georgie Pinn. With 20 years experience making digital narratives and creative concepts for both creative and corporate industries, Georgie worked with students over the two days experimenting with real time face tracking animation, using Adobe packages to create cartoons / animations.
Dr Bill Platz. An American Australian artist, Bill's Life Drawing with Pressure workshop involved drawing the body in its natural form. Using templated plates created by students, pressure was used to imprint the contours and shapes viewed by the students.
Carolyn Watson. Carolyn's workshop Hanging Hybrids and Improbable Botany had students working on sculptures with a range of construction methods and materials developing suspended or wall mounted structures.
…article written by Lauren Fuge, Year 11