Flying Artist Simon Degroot recently delivered a workshop at a school in Mountain Creek. We asked him a few questions about his experience.
What workshop, project or event did you facilitate? What skills, techniques or theories were presented to participants?
My workshop Super Hand Painted: Shapes in the Landscape, is about building the world you want to see by using images from architecture and the built environment. This workshop is about building an experience of being in the world. It is about looking at shapes from the built environment, collecting these shapes in the sketchbook and then use them to make artworks. This workshop teaches students about painting, but it is also about looking. About seeing with a new perspective. Students used aspects of the landscape around them to create an abstract painting using the built environment as a subject for art to better understand art in the built environment including the rapidly developing practice of painted murals.
What was the highlight of working with this particular school/community group and why?
The highlight of this workshop is seeing the students develop their own artworks by engaging in their own environment and looking at the buildings around their school with fresh eyes and engaging their own space as a starting point for art. In this way the students engaged in place making and a deeper ownership of their own environment.
This workshop was booked as part of our By Request programs.
By Request programs are available on-demand, and can be booked on behalf of schools or creative communities such as groups, festivals, local government and organisations. By Request programs can be delivered by our Flying Arts Artist and Facilitator Team anywhere across Queensland.