Indigenous Art Workshop
Students participating in a special workshop with Indigenous visual artist and educator, Mr Adam Hill (AKA Blak Douglas).
On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October PLC Sydney students of Year 2 and Year 5 had great fun learning about and creating paintings in response to Aboriginal art during a special workshop with Indigenous visual artist and educator, Mr Adam Hill (AKA Blak Douglas).
Adam is a successful Sydney based contemporary artist who practises in illustration, photography and painting. He has been a finalist in many prestigious art prizes including the Archibald, Wynne, Mosman and Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Prizes.
Adam gave a lively and informative session to the girls about the origins and intentions of Indigenous artists through his own life story and family history. He shared an insight into the process of how he became an artist and examples of his work including his process diary.
The workshop included a discussion about the many language and tribal groups within Aboriginal Australia as well as some background information about how artists sourced, prepared and applied art media prior to European settlement.
On the day, each girl created a canvas painting, directed by Adam, identifying their work with a hand-print signature, not unlike the practice of hand stencil art from ancient times to the present day.
A group of our Senior School Indigenous students had the opportunity to meet Adam after the workshops for lunch in The Croydon. He generously shared his personal story with the girls and they were fortunate to enjoy a private digeridoo performance by Adam, and connect with how he became a successful artist.
The works created by the Year 2 and Year 5 students will be exhibited later this term in the Adelaide Perry Gallery alongside those by students across the whole Junior School in the annual Kidsart exhibition.
Adam Hill will be our special guest to open Kidsart on Wednesday 15 November at 6.00 pm.
We hope to see you on opening night!
Ms Jo Knight
Head Visual Arts