2016 Visual Arts students had only a week to settle into the college before we whisked them out to the city for Excursion Week. Activities were planned to help connect the student group and inspire a vibrant, creative and informed culture amongst our very talented students.
Students spent all of Monday at the NGV with an introduction to the gallery (including thrilling tales of forgery and theft) and highlights from the permanent collection; an Artwork scavenger hunt; and drawing studies from some of the old masters. On Tuesday we descended upon the Melbourne Zoo and learnt some gestural drawing techniques for sketching the creatures we found there: we especially enjoyed close encounters with the cheeky lemurs who were clearly wondering what we were up to. We visited ACCA on Thursday morning to view their exhibition The Biography of Things and followed this with a practical workshop. In the afternoon we dropped in to RMIT Fine Art (Sculpture) department and toured the facilities, finding out more about students’ post-secondary opportunities. To finish up with a bang on Friday we explored all over Brunswick Street with Melbourne Street Art Tours, discovering the secrets of Fitzroy’s incredible Street Art scene, and finally stopped for pizzas at Bimbo Deluxe.
By the end of the week, the students were exhausted, inspired and aching to get back to the studio to start putting some of their new ideas into practice. They have all returned with new perspectives on Visual Art: what it is, what it could be, what it means to each of them.
Congratulations and thank you to our wonderful student group for their enthusiasm, energy and willingness to try new things! We can’t wait to see what you will bring to the Visual Arts in 2016.