Recently QACI hosted the annual Big Day In Visual Arts workshop for students in Year 11 and Year 12. Rachel Yee provides her reflection following her much loved successful day of art.
This event was a great opportunity to extend our knowledge and skills in the
world of visual art. Beforehand, we were able to choose one artist to work with
out of five workshops, the options were: Damien Kamholtz, Anita Hochman,
Sam Eyles, Casselle Mountford and Dave Machen. Each of them focus in different
areas of visual art, from mark-making and painting to sculpture.
The day started off in the theatre, where we had our name marked off and met
all the selected artists. I had chosen Dave Machen, his workshop was
sculpturing which is very unfamiliar to me but I decided to try something new.
In his workshop, we developed ideas for our sculpture by drawing out rough
sketches on paper. I found the process of this artwork very interesting, as it
was very different from what I usually like to do. We had the opportunity to
test out different materials that we don't usually get the chance to so that in
the future we are able to incorporate that into our artworks. Big Day in was
full of freedom in experimentation whilst creating their artwork. The visual
art students found it very enjoyable and appreciated the advice that was given
at the workshops.
The main difficulty that I faced during this workshop was finding more
inspiration for my piece as well as its direction. The artist had given helpful
advice and ideas that sparked a lot of creativity and would help students in
their endeavours as an artist.
Throughout the day, we would take small breaks to eat. Students were
provided lunch and dinner by the Blue Goose Cafe. We have all worked very hard
to get our artwork done and displayed in the gallery before dinner. It was very
satisfying to see many different styles of art that were displayed across level
This event was full of growth and fun experiences, where we were able to
collaborate with other students and the artist themselves as we learnt many new
things along the way.
...article written by Rachel Yee, Year 11