It is well-documented that being in nature can spark creativity. Our Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts students recently had time to put the premise to the test when they embarked on a two-day artist residential at the Arthur Boyd Estate at Bundanon.
The students spent an immersive two days in the environment undertaking artist workshops in drawing, watercolour, printmaking and sculpture from natural materials. They also had lessons in drawing a life model. SGCS Visual Art teacher, Mrs Louisa Cunningham, also presented workshops in watercolour and drawing.
The legacy of Australian artist Arthur Boyd and his family to gift his estate to the Australian people continues to have widespread impact on all who visit. The landscape of the area, which includes the iconic Pulpit Rock and the Shoalhaven River, provided much inspiration for our students. Heritage tours of Arthur Boyd’s studios and the various domestic and exhibition spaces on the estate were also undertaken.
This remarkable educational experience enables students the time and resources for reflection and experimentation and helps them develop and extend their artistic skills in a culturally significant Australian place.
Several of the works will feature in the upcoming art exhibition at the Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre in September 2019.