A big thank you is extended to the education staff at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) who taught our year 9/10 Visual Communication students and VCE Vis Com/Studio Arts students about “the use of lines and patterns in design” – their current topic of study”.
Ingrid Wood of NGV taught them about contemporary Melbourne artists and the ways in which they have used line and pattern in their work. These Melbourne artists were featured in the recent popular Melbourne Now exhibition were featured. Polycom videoconferencing equipment was used to bring Ingrid into our classrooms. Our visiting politicians were also able to witness this great use of technology in giving equal educational opportunities to country students.
Our school is approx 3.5 -4 hours drive to Melbourne. The cost, effort and time taken for a day trip makes it very difficult take students on excursions, to explore and enjoy many of the cultural institutions that city students take for granted. Our students are geographically and culturally isolated, so it is wonderful to be able to use technology to connect them to many institutions, galleries, museums virtually so that they learn beyond classroom walls.
Feedback from the students on this engaging videoconference:-
- There are many different simple ways to make art – magazine cutouts of bottles were re-arranged to make a new work of art
- I liked how they demonstrated local artists from Melbourne to show you can actually do it. They weren’t overseas artists but our very own.
- I liked the masking tape on the wall that had an intricate design.
- Exposure to different artists that we did not know about or haven’t seen before. As a student I wouldn’t know who to look up to find what we saw yesterday.
- I learnt how to use patterns and colours
- You can use anything to create art.
- How different artists use different products that are just part of everyday life to make art – the orange bags, the stickers, the Ikea buckets to make the dome.
- Really liked the mix of media types eg video, presentation, talk in the presentation.
How we could improve:-
- I want to see more even more examples of artists work and more sessions.
- Position the class better – tables were in the way.
- Set up a backchannel for questions, feedback as it is too hard to ask question because students didn’t want to interrupt the presentation as it stops the flow.