More than 70 year 9/10 students across 10 schools are collaborating to create artworks from paint and fibre (the 2012 City of Hobart Art Prize nominated media) in an intensive workshop at the UTAS Tasmanian School of Art (TSA) this week.
The SCENEMACHINES workshop will see the students working under the instruction of TSA staff John Vella and Lucy Bleach, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s educator Rosie McKeand, 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 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in tandem with the City of Hobart Art Prize exhibition.
The partnership between the UTAS and TMAG's AccessArt Program has become a highlight of the year 9/10 student calendar, and confirms the positive power of what happens when two of the state’s major Arts organisations come together.
This is the fourth initiative - after the hugely successful GREENMACHINES (2009) SCREENMACHINES (2010) and DREAMACHINES (2011) - run in cooperation with the Department of Education, Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, Hobart City Council, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the TSA.
TMAG’s AccessArt Program is supported by Detached Cultural Organisation.
Image: SCENEMACHINES students survey the tools they have created for painting large artworks.