Bud­ding artists

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GRAND FINAL -

Barry Smethurst of Buln Buln and James Hayes of War­ragul South com­bined to win the 2017 Iron­man 4x4 Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge in Esperance, Western Aus­tralia last month.

An ex­treme and fast-paced winch and nav­i­ga­tion chal­lenge, the event is held over seven days in ter­rain rang­ing from sand dunes, beach, rock, mud, wa­ter and desert. With James as nav­i­ga­tor, the pair set off in a GQ Nis­san Pa­trol in the dif­fer­ent stages dur­ing the week, which in­cluded short course, mas­sive nav­i­ga­tion and gru­elling trans­port stages.

The pair has suc­cess­fully com­peted in the event over the past 10 years, notch­ing a score of two wins and a sec­ond place.

Lo­cal artists have run work­shops at Grace Ber­glund Kinder­garten ahead of an art show in Oc­to­ber.

The art show is an op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for the kinder­garten but also to give the chil­dren a unique learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and make con­nec­tions with the broader com­mu­nity.

The staff felt invit­ing lo­cal artists to work­shop with the chil­dren would be broad­en­ing the chil­dren’s un­der­stand­ing of what art is. If you ask a five-year-old, “what is art?”, they will gen­er­ally an­swer “paint­ing or draw­ing”.

The chil­dren have ex­plored many dif­fer­ent medi­ums of art, such as tex­tiles, print­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture and bead mak­ing. To do this, artists from the Baw Baw Arts Al­liance and the Open Stu­dios group have vis­ited to share their skills and pas­sion.

An­gela Betheras from Nick­elby at Dar­num taught the chil­dren about the colour and tex­ture of al­paca fleece. An­gela showed items of cloth­ing she had made be­fore teach­ing the chil­dren weav­ing.

Russell Lil­ford from Stu­dio Alchemy worked with the chil­dren on colour mix­ing, start­ing with pri­mary colours and mix­ing ter­tiary colours be­fore in­tro­duc­ing shades with white and black. Russell talked about per­spec­tive and con­trast as well as how adding shade to paint­ings pro­duces depth and shape to ob­jects.

The kin­der also had an ex­cur­sion to Russell’s stu­dio to ob­serve print­mak­ing and to gain ideas of what an art stu­dio and art dis­plays look like.

Wendy Hitchins has also taught jew­ellery mak­ing and Jessie McLen­nan sculp­ture work. The chil­dren have en­joyed staff-led art work­shops based on artists such as Van Gogh, Kandin­sky and Paul Klee. The chil­dren con­tinue to ex­plore and cre­ate their own pieces of art based on the skills and ideas they are learn­ing.

The art show will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 at Grace Ber­glund Kinder­garten and is open to the pub­lic.

The GQ Nis­san Pa­trol of Barry Smethurst and James Hayes pic­tured com­pet­ing in the 2017 Iron­man 4x4 Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge at Esperance, Western Aus­tralia; Pho­to­graph: Danni Micah.

Lo­cal tex­tile artist An­gela Betheras works with Paige Humphrey ahead of Grace Ber­glund Kinder­garten’s art show in Oc­to­ber.

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