More than 75 Year 9/10 students are collaborating to create artworks from paper and wood (the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize nominated media) in an intensive four-day workshop at the UTAS Tasmanian School of Art (TSA) this week.
The TSA’s expansive Sculpture studio has turned into a virtual snowfield, covered in scraps of white paper and is buzzing with noise and excitement.
Students have created an amazing variety of whimsical paper sculptures, some almost larger than the students working on them. There are sculptures that resemble robots, forts and huge lanterns.
The DREAMMACHINES students are working under the instruction of TSA staff Lucy Bleach, Jack Robins and 10 TSA undergraduate student volunteers.
Ms Bleach said the program would encourage students to approach art in an expansive and playful way.
“The focus is for the students to be creative, experimental and to collaborative with their peers,” Ms Bleach said.
“The process will hopefully open up the students’ potential to have fun and to encourage them feel confident about exploring their creative potential.”
The works will be exhibited initially at the Tasmanian School of Art, and later installed with student input at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in tandem with the City of Hobart Art Prize exhibition.
This is the third initiative - after the hugely successful GREENMACHINES (2009) and SCREENMACHINES (2010) - run in cooperation with the Department of Education, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, Hobart City Council, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the TSA .