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Trinity News : August 2011
TRINITY NEWS 43 In Term One our Year Three Junior School boys travelled to see Sydney artist Brett Whiteley’s studio in Surry Hills and participated in a Taronga Zoo animal inspired workshop. Brett Whiteley (1939 - 1992) was born in Sydney and is considered one of Australia’s most prolific, talented and expressionistic artists. His work is represented in the collections of all the large Australian galleries. The boys were able to gain an insight into the life of an artist and, in addition to the practical workshop in the gallery, they were able to view Brett Whiteley’s living and sleeping accommodation where every space was filled with pictures, paint pots, brushes and the art objects he used for inspiration. The artmaking workshop brought the Visual Arts curriculum alive with visits from small Zoo animals, including a snake, possum and lizards. Students had fun working in the studio environment and considered issues of representation and self-expression by engaging with original artworks and live animals through observation and discussion. This experience provided an opportunity to experiment with different media and approaches to drawing. The boys were captivated and inspired by the snake in particular, and numerous artworks were created. | Ronnie Pratt Brett Whiteley Studio As a part of Pre-Kindergarten and Year 1’s Unit of Inquiries – ‘What Animal Is That?’ and ‘World of Work’ we all enjoyed a visit from a zookeeper, Peter, who brought animals for us to hold and look at. These included a Diamond Python, a Tawny Frog Mouth Owl, a Wombat and a Bearded Dragon. Year One used their reflective minds to write recounts about this visit. They recalled what they saw and asked questions for example, ‘I wonder why they call it a Diamond Python?’ Pre-K was able to link this visit to our lines of inquiry, how jobs relate to each other and why these jobs are important. We discussed the role of a zookeeper and how they look after the animals by feeding them, taking them to the vet and looking after their environments. Pre-K and Year One enjoyed this experience together as they were able to work together to inquire and discover the answers. | Pre-K & Year 1 Teachers TRINITY NEWS 43 Visits Pre-K & Yr 1 Left: A recount from George Dedousis