Artist Educator Ella Condon showed children her artwork Tracing Moonlight, as an introduction to how an artist might use light to inspire their art making. Who makes art? What do artists do? What do you think we might see in the gallery today? are some of the questions we pondered before entering the Gallery.
In the Gallery we invited children to think about how other artists might use or even think about different types of light when making art. The work of Kader Attia, Callum Morton and Daniel Boyd were all explored. ‘Colour, Colour, Colour! Red, orange, yellow and black’ was repeated after looking through the work of Callum Morton. ‘What do you imagine the artwork might smell like if we were to go inside?’ I asked. The response from the children was ‘Lollies!’, of course!
Responding to Daniel Boyd’s artwork, Untitled [PSM] 2014 and celestial navigation, children worked together to create small mirror constellations on the ground, creating their own signs and symbols. Discussions of starlight and moonlight followed as the children peered at their reflection in the mirror installations, swirled across the Gallery floor.
Back upstairs, in the National Centre for Creative Learning (NCCL), Group One constructed a portal to an imaginary world. Turning the studio tables into tunnels using large pieces of sparkly coloured cloth, rope and tape the children transformed the Digital Studio into a multi-coloured, twinkling light installation!
While Group One weaved their way through their light tunnel, Group Two was busy creating their very own viewfinders using big pieces of paper, transparencies and multi-coloured cellophane. Playing with natural light, children peered out the enormous Circular Quay facing windows, through their viewfinders to investigate reflections on city building windows and the sunlight bouncing off the harbour, as ferries jet across the water.
Thank you to our friends at Santa Sabina College for sharing your insights and imaginations with us!
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Connecting with Daniel Boyd’s artwork Untitled [PSM] with a tactile resource.
Using small mirrors to create star constellations inspired by artist Daniel Boyd.
Making light installations in the NCCL studios.
Turning tables into light tunnels in the NCCL studios!
Photographs by Anna Kucera
Brook Morgan is a Sydney based artist and educator whose practice is characterised by her use of naturally occurring materials, exploration of material language and each material’s unique potential for transformation through her chosen techniques. Morgan’s work spans a range of media including, drawing, installation, assemblage and textiles. Morgan often employs time consuming and often repetitive, labour intensive techniques, giving privilege to her materials and their construction.