On Wednesday of week two, the students attended the third session of the program at the Art Galley NSW. On arrival, students were met by their mentor as well as the education consultants from the gallery. First up, was a brief tour of the gallery. This was interesting because the students were able to see many differing styles of art and learn what constitutes an artwork and the reasons why artists make them. Usually they tell a story or express feelings, which is what the 100 Faces program is all about. Students and mentors also learned that paintings don't have to be realistic representations of something.
Everybody was pleasantly surprised at what the consultants had to offer them in terms of understanding art. Interesting was the "junk" that was thrown all over the floor in front of us and then framed (on the floor) with a price tag of $500,000 and a "Please don't touch" sign. What was non-serious intent suddenly became a real work of art. With their mentors, students then went upstairs to make a self portrait. This activity was great because students were able to spend time working with their mentor in a relaxed environment. The gallery provided a very nice lunch for us and yet we still had time to
fit in "Maccas" on the way home.
On Monday of week three, students from both the IEC and the High School met for an intensive studio workshop. Here, they worked on their story and artwork. This was a very productive day for everyone. Communicating their story both visually and verbally is a challenging and rewarding venture. Later this term the students will meet their mentors for the final session at the IEC. The conclusion of the program will take place during term four. This will encompass an exhibition and graduation ceremony at the Optus campus where this great bunch of students will have the opportunity to showcase their work.
I would like to congratulate every one of the students in the program for their commitment and outstanding behaviour. As always, it is so nice to see students from our IEC and the High School working collaboratively and learning about compassion, diversity, difference and acceptance. Thanks also to Mrs Gabb for your contribution and assistance. Go the 100 Faces team!
We would like to pay our respects and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and also pay respect to Elders both past and present.
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