How are some happy snaps of my lovely students from Group A working on their creative process for the 10 x 8 inch Linden Art Prize project.
After two long years in lockdown, it was lovely to visit the Australian Galleries and Fox Gallery in Collingwood this week with the equally lovely Diploma of Visual Arts students.
The IILUSTRE 2021 Online Exhibition opens at 7pm on Thursday the 18 November.
The show represents the work of the students from the Diploma of Visual Arts Illustration stream. Due to Covid-19 restriction, the exhibition will be held in a virtual gallery to explore the many different mediums of work created for Illustration.
This year, Melbourne goes through their second year of many lockdowns and restrictions, which the students of Illustration were to work from their home. They had to work a lot harder with the limitation of not having access to many resources from campus to online classes on Zoom. With the amazing feet, they manage to stay strong through isolation to create their best creative knowledge into producing their work.
We invite you to the Illustre Exhibition to see the next future artists and their incredible achievement they have made through the global pandemic. With great pride and joy, they express remarkable dedication and their work through the challenges which were met this year of 2021. Each display of work will show how students are capable of bring professionalism and strong work ethic through any given hardships and did the impossible
CLICK HERE to view the Illustre 2021 Exhibition Catalogue
Hours before Melbourne was plunged into yet another lockdown, the wonderful students from the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development were busy setting up and installing their 2021 Midway Show. Needless do say, they did an amazing job.
Today my lovely Diploma students accompanied me to Collingwood where we visited two excellent galleries, namely, Australian Galleries on Derby street and Fox Gallery on Wellington Street. I think everyone would agree that it was a morning well-spent, surrounded by great art and looked after by gallery assistants Savannah Smith and Rebecca Agnew.
Here are some of my favourite photos.
Yesterday was a great day in Melbourne. I’m not just talking about the weather. You see, yesterday I took my delightful Cert IV students to visit the Australian Galleries in Collingwood. After meeting at La Niche French Cafe on Smith street were spent over an hour examining the various rooms and spaces at the gallery. Australian Galleries was opened in 1956 by Anne and Tam Purves and joined later by their son Stuart. With over sixty years of service to the arts, the gallery has enjoyed the privilege of promoting and encouraging a leading selection of modern and contemporary Australian artists.
One of the highlights of the visit was when Stuart introduced himself and gave us an impromptu history lesson about this famous gallery. Wearing his trademark red shoes he looked very smart. In fact, he even talked about the artist Jeffrey Smart.
Later, when we walked across the road to the Stock Room we were greeted by Stuart’s sister Caroline who also took time out of her busy schedule to say hello to the students and explain ‘how the stock room’ operates.
Overall, I think we all had a very good time.
It was a lovely way to end Term 3 for the students (and me).
Today a select group of students (from all year levels) traveled down to Essendon Fields to meet a very fine artist (and good friend of mine) named Eolo Paul Bottaro. I am told that this special ‘study tour’ organised with the kind assistance of the Essendon Fields management team is the first to visit Paul’s studio.
Melbourne-born Paul Bottaro has been a practicing artist for over 20 years and a self-confessed lover and exponent of the Renaissance art movement. In fact, he has succeeded in reviving ‘traditional’ art techniques that have almost been forgotten, such as paint from pure, hand-ground pigments. Paul also prefers to prepare his raw linen canvases by adhering to a 300-year-old gesso recipe (a recipe he customises for his own purposes). After four coats of gesso, he then adds an opaque organic pigment for coverage. Then, rather than using a white canvas to paint upon, he prefers to paint on colour which gives his background a mid-tone to work upon.
Our tour starts in the State Room at the Australian Event Centre where we get to stand up-close and personal with Paul’s magnificent fresco titled ‘Udepata – the Gathering Place’. What a sight to behold. Paul was able to explain in excellent and exact detail the lengthy and meticulous process he undertook to create the fresco. He was also able to comfortably answer some very good questions that were asked by our students.
Udepata depicts Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the main waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges in central Australia. The Aboriginal name for the waterhole is Udepata, and as a permanent source of water it is an important place for the Arrarnta people. Many visitors come here to swim in its cool waters, and the artist has depicted contemporary figures immersed in an ancient, primordial landscape. His influences in creating this work include the paintings of Albert Namatjira (1902 – 1959), a prominent Aboriginal artist who depicted the region.
This work has been created in the method of buon fresco, a technique in which pure alkaline-resistant colour pigments, ground in water, are applied to wet plaster. When the plaster dries the painting is embedded in the surface of the wall. It is an exacting and labour intensive technique with little room for error. This piece was specially commissioned for the Australian Events Centre.
After a short walk to the Essendon Airport Terminal we were once again enthralled by Paul mastery with a brush as he highlighted the back story to a rather large oil painting titled ‘Pactolus’ that hangs near the entrance of the terminal. The painting has been created in the traditional egg tempera and oil on linen and depicts Victoria’s iconic NGV building as the backdrop of a scene depicting King Midas turning his daughter to gold.
Afterwards we were all invited to Paul’s studio located in a large disused building that resembles an hanger from the 1960s. Inside we were introduced to Paul’s latest work, a giant Titan sculpture that is destined to be turned into bronze and placed outside the Hyatt hotel at Essendon Fields. The titan sculpture is inspired by the mythological figure of Atlas – the Titan of Greek mythology – who was fated to bear the weight of the universe on his back.
Special thanks to Eolo Paul Bottaro for inviting us to his studio and to see his work at Essendon Fields. Thanks also to Christine Novo from the Essendon Fields Marketing Executive for helping to arrange the tour and for the lovely La Manna cakes.
To view more of Paul’s work please visit his website.
On Thursday morning (21.3.19) my Cert IV and Diploma students (Visual Arts) we treated to a rare and wonderful talk by the amazing artist/illustrator Shaun Tan at the Beinart Gallery in Brunswick. Jon Beinart (the owner of the gallery) was kind enough to arrange for Shaun to come and meet with my students and to talk about his second solo show at the gallery.
Needless to say, the morning went beyond all our expectations. Shaun was extremely articulate and very generous with his time. In fact she spoke for nearly two hours. What impressed me the most (and I am sure most of my students) was Shaun’s ability to explain his creative process and add meaning to each of the works on display. I am sure my students can now appreciate that skill and technique coupled with a winning personality and a compelling narrative makes for a very successful marriage.
Here are a few photos from the event.
Thank you to Shaun Tan and Jon Beinart for this most memorable event.
Shaun, you have enlightened us all.
It’s back, bigger and better than ever.
It’s not to late to start preparing your entry for this year’s Fact or Fiction Portrait Competition. You can get more information by clicking the link above. That’s right! The one that reads ‘Fact or Fiction’. Good luck.
Entries must be submitted no later than 4pm on Tuesday the 18th of July 2017,
Congratulations to our Certificate IV students for achieving high grades in their final Digital project in Term 4. The project required students to create vector-based self portraits using Adobe Illustrator that were based on original photographs. Here is a preview of their outstanding achievements.