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30 July 2018

Schools across the state are turning learning into an artform by partnering with artists, writers, actors, musicians and museums thanks to $288,000 in funding through the new Creative Learning Partnerships program.

A photo of Collingwood College students in a gallery

Collingwood College students will benefit from funding via the new Creative Learning Partnerships program.

Seventeen Victorian schools, from Coburg to Clunes, have received funding in the inaugural round of the program. This year they are undertaking projects that infuse creativity across the curriculum, helping students to learn about history, science, physics, technology, maths and much more.

Supported projects include Rainbow P-12 College’s partnership with sculptor Alex Sanson which will see students learning about force, motion and energy then using their findings to create a largescale sculpture.

Students at Collingwood College will collaborate with artist and digital games designer Harry Lee, who designed his first game at 16, on a multimedia project that will develop students’ writing and performance skills as well as coding and technical skills that will be vital in the jobs of the future.

A partnership between the Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria, the Creative Learning Partnerships program offers grants to schools to work in partnership with Victorian creative practitioners and organisations on projects that use creativity as a catalyst for student learning.

Projects run for a minimum of 20 school days and, in addition to the physical residencies, the program supports partnerships that use cutting-edge technology to beam creative practitioners live into the classroom, making high quality creative opportunities more accessible for students in remote and regional schools.

The latest round also sees Mallacoota based writer Bruce Pascoe bridge a 1,500-kilometre gap by becoming a ‘virtual’ creative in residence at Warrnambool East Primary School.

Applications for the 2019 Creative Learning Partnerships program are now open and close on 16 August 2018.

CREATIVE LEARNING PARTNERSHIPS RECIPIENTS 2018

Birmingham Primary School - Mount Evelyn, $10,000
As part of the school’s 40th anniversary celebrations, this project saw students in grades 5 and 6 work with visual artist Robert Scholten to explore the many intercultural stories from within the school community. Students worked with each other, their families, teachers and the local community to further gather stories and help define the idea of a ‘Birmingham identity’.

Clunes Primary School, $10,000
Year 6 students will work with artists Christy Flaws and Luke O'Connor from physical theatre company Asking for Trouble to create a circus and physical theatre performance that explores the idea of a hero’s journey. Students will examine their own stories and heroic moments. They will write scripts and create a collaborative performance on the themes of resilience, journeys and overcoming challenges.

Coburg Primary School, $10,000
Students in grades 3 and 4 will work with artists Sarah Austin and Alex Walker to creatively explore the things children think about when they are lying awake at night – from fear, to excitement, worry or joy. The students will interview each other and their parents and will then work with Sarah and Alex to translate their research material into vignettes of music, movement, puppetry and physical theatre which will be performed across a range of sites on the school campus.

Coldstream Primary School, $10,000
Students from prep to grade 2 have worked with visual artist David Monks to create an exciting new space at the school that encourages reading. Students created artworks and installations for the space and throughout the project they learned about how creativity and design can transform an environment and change behaviour.

Collingwood College, $35,000
In partnership with local artist-run-initiative Bus Projects, students in grade 3 and 4 will work with artist and digital games designer Harry Lee on a project that will explore local spaces, the way people interact and move from place to place. Students will create multi-media artworks and sound recordings and will devise a performance using interactive technology. The project will culminate in the creation of a ‘walking school bus' – a trail that leads from the school to Bus Projects headquarters.

Dandenong Primary School $35,000
Monash University Museum of Art and lead artist Kym Maxwell will work with students in grades 3 and 4 to explore the notion of collecting and how it shapes the history and culture of a community. Students will learn about the curation process and will create an exhibition. They will also work with artists to collect stories that will form the basis of a theatre work to be performed at the school and museum.

Derrinallum P-12 College, $10,000
Students from prep to year 10 will work with artist Toni Main and the Mount Elephant Volcanic Centre to develop a largescale performance work. During the project, students will collect local stories about the nearby extinct volcano, known as Mount Elephant, and will share their own personal stories about what it means to have this iconic mountain in their backyard. The final performance will be staged in the grounds of the Volcanic Centre as part of 'Waking the Giants' – a major community celebration paying tribute to the mountain.

Eltham Primary School $35,000
Contemporary art organisation, School with No Walls, worked with students in grades 5 and 6 to create a largescale performance installation that explores concepts of how living things adapt to environments, how the environment affects survival, and how people impact on the environment.

Emerald Secondary College, $10,000
Students worked with artist Jane Brown on a project that will explore the idea that beauty and value can be found in everyone and anything. Students created an interactive sculpture for the school’s sensory garden. The sculpture was made using metals, wheels, wire and scrap materials with the idea of creating beauty where others cannot see it.

Footscray City Primary School, $10,000
In this whole school project, actor Daniela Farrinaci, will work with students on a project that explores the many facets of voice – from the ‘inner’ voice to the voice of a community. Students will explore voice from a range of perspectives and will create performances, spanning music, theatre, dance and more which will be performed as part of the school’s annual Big Day Out festival.

Geelong East Primary School $10,000
Students from grades 3 and 4 will work with artist Angie MacMillan on a puppetry and storytelling project that will explore and celebrate the landscape surrounding the school and the wildlife of the area. Students will learn Indigenous stories about local birds and will explore Indigenous culture, tradition and beliefs. Students will then work with Angie to create puppets and will share their findings in a performance for the local community.

Mooroopna Secondary College, $28,000
Students in years 9 and 10 will work with the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) team and artists Masato Takasako, Katie Jacobs and Trent Walter on a project that will familiarise them with the museum environment and demystify the artmaking process. Students will participate in workshops focusing on creating installations, ceramics and printmaking which will give them an understanding of how art is made, how it is discussed and how it is presented in a museum.

Mother of God School - Ardeer, $10,000
Students in grades 4-6 will work with artists Jenny Ellis and Jeremy Lavender of Little Wing Puppets to learn the art and craft of Japanese Bunraku style puppetry. Students will work with the artists to share their personal stories and will then create a script and a puppetry performance that explores personal identity.

Rainbow P-12 College, $10,000
Students in years 9 and 10 will work with sculptor Alex Sanson on a sculpture project that explores how energy is transferred from one surface to another. This creative project will encompass aspects of physics, mathematics and technology as students learn about the relationship between force, motion and energy to create a largescale kinetic sculpture.

St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre – North Melbourne, $35,000
Students will work with Arts House and lead artist Kate Sulan on a project that explores the importance of resilience. Kate will work with students to design and create their own personal emotional preparedness kit – a ‘grab and go’ bag that students could use in the case of an emotional emergency.  Kate will work with students to design and craft their individualised kit which will contain specially created items that fill each student with a sense of hope, calm and joy. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Arts House in August.

St Kilda Park Primary School, $10,000
Students in grades 3-6 will work with artists and writers Maryanne Lynch and Richard Holt on a ‘microfiction’ creative writing project that explores the many histories - real and imagined - of Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Students will take part in specially-designed writing walks where they will learn about local Indigenous history as well as ecological and urban geography. They will then develop imaginative written responses which will be translated into digital art, and performances to be presented to the school community.

Warrnambool East Primary School, $10,000
Students from grades 5 and 6 will work with multi-disciplinary artist Vicky Shukuroglou and writer, editor and anthologist Bruce Pascoe to explore the Aboriginal history of the region and to share their own connections to Country. Vicky will work within the school environment and Bruce will be a virtual creative professional ‘attending’ the sessions via online ‘polycom’ technology. Throughout the project, students will connect with local Elders and will develop skills in drawing, writing, photography and performance and will create a collection of artworks that share their learnings. The student’s work will form a book that will invite readers to explore their own connections to, and understanding of, the country that surrounds them.