When students in the Junior School arrived in Week 2 of this term they were greeted by Kondoli, a 12-metre-long, brightly coloured inflatable whale that had appeared in the atrium area inside their School! This heralded the beginning of something exciting and wonderful as it marked the start of the 31st Artist in Residence program at Pembroke.
Kondoli is the creation of Community Artist Bob Daly from SpinFX AustrAliA, and his partner Kalyna Mikenco. Throughout the course of the residency, Bob took students inside the whale to tell them the Aboriginal Dreamtime story about Kondoli. Students worked with Bob and Kalyna to make drawings, which were then cut out of wood and painted to become part of a series of 21 panels that will be hung in the upper storey of the Junior School campus.
Students learned valuable lessons in colour mixing and how to get the best results when painting, as well as the importance of taking care with their work to achieve the best possible result. At the same time they gained insight into just what is achievable when an entire community bands together towards a desired outcome.
The Middle School Art Exhibition was again a resounding success and was opened on Thursday 1 September by our Middle School Artist in Residence Mary-Jean Richardson. Mary-Jean is Head of Painting at the Adelaide Central School of Art, and she worked with our Year 10 students during Term 2 to create individual still-life paintings in oil. Students were introduced to the traditional ‘atelier’ style of painting, which focuses on developing skills in drafting, colour theory and observation. The Middle School Visual Arts students were privileged to watch Mary-Jean paint a traditional still-life painting during her time with us. This highly successful work was acquired by the School and now forms part of our permanent collection.
Director of Visual Art
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