16 October 2017

Art News

Bringing Lighthouse Sculptures to Life

As a follow up session to the whole day workshop at the Clay House in North Fremantle, (with Year 5's collaborating with artists Fleur Schell and Danica Wichtermann), the artists came to our workspace here at Scotch College. All the lighthouse sculptures had been fired and gloss-glazed and were ready for the assemblage stage. Here boys could add light circuits, windows, pulleys, railings, doors on hinges, flags etc. using an assortment of mixed media and appropriate glues. For many boys they were handling techniques and tools for the first time. There were plenty of problems to be solved and decisions to be made. Visual references, trial and error, finding alternative solutions, seeking advice and help from adults and experts were all strategies that helped. Boys were encouraged to bring in things they found or collected to add as special features to their lighthouse. I asked them, 'What was their favourite item and where did they find it?' to deepen the learning through reflection. Here are a couple of the responses:

My favourite thing was my hinge for the door, I found it in my front garage where bits and bobs hide. Emmanuel Radici

My favourite thing was the bell that I found on a Lindt bunny. I added it on the base as a bell tower, so ships can hear as well. Andrew Stegena

My favourite thing was two of my bottle caps that had two oars crossing on them. I found them in my bottle top collection. Henry Cooper

Ms Karen Sabitay

PYP Visual Arts