Over the January holidays, I attended the three-day National Visual Art Education Conference at the National Gallery in Canberra. The conference had some amazing speakers, including artist Ben Quilty and Director of Education at the MET Museum, New York, Sandra Jackson-Dumont, and Dr Flossie Chua of Project Zero, Harvard University. There were many break-out sessions exploring strategies to improve our teaching, and practical workshops to improve our skills (I even tried my hand at “glass fusion”, melting glass at 3000 degrees to make decorative tiles).
I was also invited to showcase past and present student art work from Salesian College and explain how our Visual Arts curriculum and passionate teachers encourage our students to develop skills and use art as a meaningful tool to express compassion. We place the student at the centre, seeking to make tasks relevant to teens by offering individual choice of subject matter and using a studio process that allows every student to “be an artist”. Art teachers and our Arts SAT (Student Action Team) and Learning Area Leader also explore ways to engage the whole school community in meaningful art opportunities, even for those not studying an Art subject. The presentation showcased student work demonstrating compassion in many ways, shapes and forms.
On the topic of compassion, Year 11 Media student James Mahoney has been selected by the Catholic Education Office to have his thoughtful photograph, “Water Boy” (pictured below) on display at the Annual CEO Exhibition in East Melbourne. Well done James.
On Thursday 14 March our Year 11 students are attending a whole day education program at the National Gallery of Victoria. They will be exploring the work of MC Escher, and participating in an art making workshop that they will apply to their Unit 1 folio. The following week, Year 12 students are going to attend Top Arts to gain valuable advice from, vcaa assessors and view high scoring artworks and folios.
Glenda Inglis-Gillespie, VCE Studio Arts teacher
When we first entered the ACMI studios, we were taken to a professional movie editing studio, where we learnt the professional editing process of a film. We learnt about Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. We then split off into groups and used this newly learnt information to create our own production. During this process, we had to plan (Pre-Production) our storyboard, our plot and who would be who (actors, directors, cameramen etc.) We then had a short break before we started our production, the process of filming. In a very short amount of time, we had to run around ACMI and Federation Square, frantically trying to get all of our shots and scenes completed. There were some obstacles as there were multiple crowds of people constantly running around also, or using the doors, or having conferences, so we were limited to our movement and noise levels. Once our filming process was completed, we started editing. We used Final Cut Pro to cut and paste all out clips together. We were able to use sound effects, filters and music to give our short film a real, professional look. We then previewed all our films before going home.
Ms Felicity Collins
On Thursday 7 March, the music staff and band students went on a music excursion, to Goonawarra Community Centre. Where they spend the day practising band pieces; Havana, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Funky Town. Dr Robert McWilliams, conductor and Music Education Clinician from Yamaha Music Australia’s Education Outreach, came up for the day to help the band improve their music and band performance skills. The band learnt about the importance of learning an instrument, and how learning an instrument benefits the brain. The band students now understand the effect of posture when playing an instrument and the importance of listening to each other when playing as a band. Overall the students and staff members had a great day of music fun.
Natalie Port, Year 9 Band Captain
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast