In order to approach something as giant as the re-design of a Welcome Wall – ReFILL young artists began to observe the environment around the wall. Here are some macro shots of nature and human made objects ReFILL students thought might be interesting landscapes for animations…. plus some association…
Term 3 was an exciting time to begin a conversation with the Living Architecture experts – Junglefy! Earlier in the year ReFILL had reached out to Junglefy with our theme of STEAM in Nature – exploring the environmental aspects of life, art and public spaces. Young people began to identify the places in the school that might need renewal. Teachers were also involved – requesting that young people consider the Welcome Wall of the school that needs some major renewal. Designs and ideas began!
Carlos Gomes (mosaic maestro and trainer for WOW Festival’s Edible Country) and Caitlin Newton-Broad (novice) spent two days preparing the big pot for the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre garden and food forest. Using the artwork created by ReFILL’s young artists, combined with the tiles created by children during WOW, we begin to see a rich mosaic of young people’s perspectives on nature, Australian history, animal life and the colours of the river!
We had so much artwork – we could also create a smaller mosaic for the school to keep in its entrance!
In July for the 2019 Way Out West Children’s Festival, ReFILL young artists brought their work and their mentorship to the Festival – working with over 200 young participants to create work for the giant pot. Some members of the public also took part in our Augmented Reality River Walk using the EYEJACK app to explore stories of the Georges River/ Toggerai.
Here are some of the beautiful results when we opened the kiln! Firing each piece at over 1100 degrees – the works are transformed from draft to finished tile – ready for the Edible Country commissioned mosaic!
Young people glazing their clay artworks in preparation for the WOW festival.
Last week, young people created a series of stop motion animations using illustrated river creatures. These will be incorporated into their WOW festival presentation.
Young people in the Refill program created intricate clay figures and creatures as part of their WOW festival project.
Some of the delightful drawings inspired by the history and inhabitants of toggerai/ tucoerah/ Georges River
Here are some of the wonderful insect designs created by Year 7 students as part of the Refill program: