22 August 2016
Victorian students and teachers are joining forces with game developers, composers, photographers, poets, theatre and film makers this year thanks to $190,000 in funding through the Victorian Government's Artists in Schools program.
A partnership between Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training, the long-running program provides grants of $10,000 to schools to work with a creative practitioner on a project that uses creativity to explore a range of subjects across the curriculum.
Supported projects range from a collaboration with Ballarat Indigenous artist collective Pitcha Makin Fellaz which will see students learning about Indigenous culture; to a photography project that explores Australia's migration history and a textile project based around sustainable practices.
Other projects will see students develop skills in animation and games development, composition and choreography, theatre and filmmaking, circus and Chinese calligraphy.
Nineteen projects have been supported for the 2016 school year. The projects will see creative practitioners working within the school environment for a minimum of 20 days.
Artists in Schools 2016 projects
A $10,000 grant has been provided to each school.
Boronia West Primary School
A collaboration with artist Georgie Mattingley which will see Year 5 and 6 students using recycled materials to explore stories of belonging and connectedness whilst learning ways of exhibiting work, all with an aim of building resilience and critical thinking skills
Bridgewater Primary School
A collaboration with artist Seung Hi Lee which will involve the whole school in an exploration of traditional Chinese calligraphy, choreography and movement and will culminate in a whole school performance that builds on the school's Chinese language program
Brunswick East Primary School
A collaboration with animator and VFX artist Georgie Pinn where students will learn about gaming technology and animation by creating creatures and characters for a new digital game
Brunswick Secondary College
A collaboration with theatre makers Katrina Cornwell and Morgan Rose which will see Year 10 drama students working with newly arrived refugee and immigrant students from the Brunswick English Language Centre to create a performance that will be staged throughout the school site
Delacombe Primary School
A collaboration with Indigenous artist collective Pitcha Makin Fellaz, local Indigenous Elders and Koorie Engagement Officers that will explore local Aboriginal culture, stories and literature. Led by Indigenous students, the project will produce oral language recordings and visual stories ranging from books to a mural and artworks
Dixons Creek Primary School
A whole-school performance project with artist Angie MacMillan that will use puppetry and storytelling to empower students to overcome personal fears in making friendships with new people and to gain knowledge of their own culture and cultures around the world
Mirboo North Secondary College
A collaboration with artist David Paxton which will see students in Years 7-9 design and construct musical instruments fashioned from a converted tractor and other found materials. The instruments will act as an orchestra upon which students will compose and play a symphony for 'Tractor and Marimbas'.
Nelson Park School (Geelong)
A theatre project that will bring together artist Chris Kohn and male students with special needs in grades Foundation to Year Two. The project will explore the notion of crowdsourcing in order to solve the world's problems and will create a series of works, culminating in a one-off live performance
Newhaven CollegeA collaboration between Year 10 students and artist Kerry Spokes that will create digital two- dimensional works and a drama piece that explores the theme of identity.
Redesdale Mia Mia Primary School
A theatre project with artist Jenny Ellis that will see students from Langley Primary School and Mia Mia Primary schools working together to create performance masks, based on the Swiss Larval tradition, and devise a large-scale performance.
Seville Primary SchoolA collaborative project which will bring together poet Lia Hills and students in Years 5-6 to create works of poetry that explore concepts of growth and change
Silvan Primary SchoolA whole-school project that will see artist Emma Borland work with students to create contemporary glass and ceramic art pieces that use sustainable art practices and explore the idea that the environment is a fragile place
St Joseph's School (Collingwood)A collaboration with filmmakers Kate Kantor and Jason Heller which will see students in Years 5 and 6 exploration of the theme of transition as they write, film, compose and perform in a film project
St Monica's Primary School (Footscray)
A project with theatre makers Steph Keheo and Merophie Carr and students in Years 4-6 that will see students create a dance, circus and physical theatre work that focusses on the theme of metamorphosis. Students will investigate the theme of metamorphosis
Tallangatta Secondary College
A collaboration with artist Natalie Ord that will see Year 9 students exploring the differences between their lives and the experiences of teenagers in the 1950 to create a light projection artwork with performance elements. The work will be presented as part of the town's annual 50s festival.
Tarnagulla Primary School
A whole-school collaboration with puppeteer Mary-Ann Scull Creation that will see students researching a variety of cultures in the community and creating a puppetry performance exploring the theme of multiculturalism
Thomastown Secondary College
A collaboration between musician Robert John Sedky and students in Years 7-10 which will see students compose and perform a score to a short animated film
Upwey High School
A collaboration between textile artist Jude Craig and Year 8 and 10 students where students will investigate the impact of the textile industry globally and explore sustainable practices for extracting dye. The textile artworks will be exhibited at Burrinja Cultural Centre
Western English Language School (Braybrook)
A collaboration between Year 7-10 students and photographer J Forsyth which will see students investigate their personal histories and the history of migration to Australia then creating a collection of photographs which document their lives, families and new environments