The Alcoa School Education Program is an exciting and vital part of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. Artist Workshops, Focus Tours and Artist Talks provide unique opportunities for primary and secondary students to engage with and learn about sculpture, meet and work with real artists and have fun!
Below, one of our Educators describes an Artist Spotlight Talk with secondary students meeting exhibiting artists Margarita Sampson and Kerrie Argent on site with their work.
The year 10 Art class from Thornlie Christian College found plenty of inspiration to develop their sculpture project at school, seeing and discussing works in the exhibition by Margarita Sampson (‘Dearest’) and Kerrie Argent (‘Homeless’).
As we approached Kerrie’s piece students saw the uniquely interactive and public face of Sculpture by the Sea, as a younger group jumped around and on the recycled fabric forms and learnt about the processes and ideas involved behind Kerrie’s monumental ‘yurt’ inspired structures.
They then listened to the Margarita speak from within the intimidating lush folds of her sculptural couch, Margarita accentuated one of their take home lessons, on the collaborative nature of the artwork (made with Fieldy [definite cred for having a street artist involved]) and the exhibition as a whole. After posing on the work for photo opportunities which the work lends itself to.
The Artist Spotlight Talk clearly gave the students a real world insight into the life and inspirations of the artists. Being able to ask questions, in a relaxed setting, of the people behind the works increased their understandings and appreciation of technique and meaning, as well as offering future possibilities in the industry.