24 May 2017
Students and teachers in Victoria's regions are preparing to get creative, in real life and online, thanks to a $200,000 funding boost through the Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools program.
The only program of its kind in Australia, Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools is a pilot program that aims to ensure students in remote areas have the same access to high quality creative and learning experiences as their city counterparts.
Eight schools across the state - from Korumburra to Kangaroo Flat - will receive grants of either $15,000 or $35,000 to support creative mentoring in areas such as theatre making, filmmaking and sculpture projects.
However, in a twist on the traditional artist residency model, the mentor artists and arts organisations will connect with students and teachers both in the classroom and 'virtually' using the latest online conferencing technology to deliver lessons, workshops and mentoring sessions live into the classroom.
While each Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools project has the creativity at its core, projects are also embedded across the wider curriculum, supporting student learning in areas such as English, geography, science and digital technologies.
2017 Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools Grant Recipients
Korumburra Secondary College, $15,000
Audio visual designer and artist Justin Dwyer will work with students and teachers on a multi-media project that uses 'Touch Designer' software to explore the concept of identity. The project will blend photography, video, projection and computer coding to create a White Night inspired community event.
Shepparton Flexible Learning Centre, $35,000
Music organisation APRA AMCOS will bring students and teachers together with some of Victoria's best artists, producers and managers to collaborate and create original music. Through intensive online and face-to-face mentoring students will be supported to develop lyrics and use music technologies to record their own voices and instrumentation. The project will introduce students and teachers to the real life practices of many Australian artists and producers who use online technologies to collaborate with international partners.
Harston Primary School, $15,000
Media artist Dave Jones will work with current students, former students and community members on a film project that aims to tackle self-esteem issues among students. Jones will work within the school and online to teach students and teachers skills in animation, conducting interviews and producing live-action and green-screen effects.
Broadford Primary School, $35,000
Staff from Arts Centre Melbourne and screen based performer Lynne Kent will work with students and teachers on a live performance and digital art project that explores the idea of identity in the digital world. Students will undertake live and online workshops in filming, audio and video editing, digital animation, scriptwriting and performance. The project will culminate in a performance by students and a short documentary will be made that follows the project from beginning to end.
Seaspray Primary School, $15,000
Sound and sculpture artist Michael Prior will work with this regional school of 14 students and two staff to create a collection of sculptural, solar powered instruments inspired by the local environment. The project combines both art making and technical skills and Prior will work both in the school and online to teach students and teachers about basic circuitry and mechanics and to give them skills in sound composition, digital recording, web production so they can create their own sculptures.
Kangaroo Flat Primary School, $35,000
Creative professionals from RMIT's Media and Communications Department will work with students and teachers to produce a mobile phone app telling the story of the Bendigo Creek. Students and teachers will work with augmented reality and coding experts, sound designers and digital media practitioners to create the free app which will incorporate local stories of families from the Dja Dja Wurrung, Karen, Afghan and Hazara communities and will be available to the school, the broader community and tourists.
Mooroopna North Primary School, $35,000
MusoMagic, a music organisation led by ARIA-winning artist Adam Thompson, will work with students and teachers to compose music and create a music video that will feature students both in front and behind the camera. Working both in the classroom and via online technologies, students will use the latest software to compose music and will learn skills in storyboarding, performance, sound and costume design and art direction.
Tempy Primary School, $15,000
Theatre artist Anthony Crowley will collaborate with students and teachers to create and perform an online and live musical that explores the theme of change and transformation. The musical will incorporate both digital content and live theatre and will be entirely devised and created by the students. Using the latest technologies, students will develop skills in digital illustration, 360 video and 2D animation. Students will also create their own video diaries that will form part of the final production which will be presented simultaneously on location at the local Patchewollock Hall and online via a virtual streaming platform.