Exhibition of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art & Remembrance Day Reflections
On Monday, November 1st, the Year 3s from Room 17, (Mr. Schiller), and the Year 4s & 5s from Room 13, (Mrs. Cameron & Ms. Flato-Beckett), visited Art Gallery SA for a guided tour of the Tarnanthi Exhibition of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. It was clear that most artists expressed, through their modern-day creations, strong connections with their cultural past and with traditional creation lore.
These Room 13 and Room 17 students also enjoyed a facilitated workshop based on the art of Aboriginal artist, John Prince Siddon. During this, they made 3D paper representations of nuts of the baobab tree on which they used colour, lines and images to express important aspects of their personality.
After a stroll down the ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk and lunch by the River Torrens, the two classes studied statues, memorials and plaques surrounding the Torrens Parade Grounds, particularly looking at the way sculptors used form to bring out a reaction in viewers. Amongst the monuments that they studied were the memorials to the Vietnamese Boat People, (as they are called on the plaque), and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen. This part of the excursion was related to the upcoming Remembrance Day.
Both classes conducted themselves extremely well and thought deeply about the intentions and messages of the artists studied throughout the day.