Framed by Botany Bay to the north, Port Hacking to the south, Gunnamatta Bay to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, Cronulla is a landscape of natural beauty. The suburb recently provided perfect inspiration for our Year 9 Visual Arts and Multimedia students for their upcoming unit on environmental art.
The students spent the day along the Esplanade, exploring the rock pools and beach landscape. At various times students stopped to photograph, do some observational drawings of the landscape, or collect natural flora, beach wood and shells for use when they return to the classroom. Multimedia students were set the challenge to familiarise themselves with their cameras, adjusting controls of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to take well-designed landscape images that clearly portrayed the beauty, detail, depth and distance of the coastal landscape for the own professional photographic portfolios.
The day-long excursion allowed the students to observe the changing colours of sky and ocean, the shadows across the rocks, and the tidal movements of the ocean.
The art-inspired excursion will form the inspiration for a series of art works undertaken by the students.