Last week marked the culmination of a six month artistic journey for Murray Bridge students, with the opening of the Big Journal, Big Draw exhibition – an artistic reflection of their personal thoughts and interpretations of Murray Bridge.
Big Journal, Big Draw is a Carclew Youth Arts Artist in Residence initiative, in partnership with Murray Bridge North Schools, Country Arts SA and Ripples. Students completed the program under the leadership and watchful eyes of South Australian artists John Whitney and James Parker and emerging artist, Sebastian Humphreys.
Drawing workshops provided over 120 Year 4/5 students with the opportunity to experience various mediums and techniques and to fill their journals with thoughts, feelings, dreams, ideas and reflections. Only two rules applied when the students were in the workshop: no erasers and there is no such thing as a mistake.
Artists lead students and teachers through a developmental process, involving them in all stages of the project from research, concept, planning and design through to creation, exhibition and evaluation.
“The children had a unique opportunity to learn new visual art techniques and worked hard over the period to record and artistically interpret their heritage and environment” said Carclew Project Manager, Leigh Mangin.
“The works exhibited are truly reflective of the students’ sense of place and surrounding, strongly influenced by their heritage, schooling and the township of Murray Bridge and show their development over the residence period. The exhibition is fantastic,” Carclew Chief Executive, Tricia Walton, said.
The exhibition is now showing at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery until Saturday 16 October.
Where: Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, 27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge
When: 24th September – 16th October