Art becomes fashion at Fitzroy Valley District High School

Published by: Andrea Browning | 23-Feb-2022
Students at Fitzroy Valley District High School in collaboration with AWESOME Artists Emilie Monty and Miles Openshaw utilised recycled and craft materials to make wearable artworks.
Emily Monty and Miles Openshaw travelled to Fitzroy Crossing on Bunuba Country for a one-week Creative Challenge. This residency was proudly supported by Healthway and the Go for 2 & 5 message.

The theme for 2021 Creative Challenge is “Gathering” which was explored with the students through experimentation with papier-mâché, portraiture, photography, illustration, collage, painting and plaster. The year 7s and 8s over the week collaborated to create a 5-panel artwork that demonstrated all the creative processes they used during the week.

The year 9s and 10s expressed a passion for wearable art. During the residency, this group created masks, costumes and clothing pieces entirely made from craft and recyclable materials. From a woven grass skirt, all the way to a snake costume this residency really let the creativity of the students shine!

The students got the opportunity to celebrate their art at their school’s weekly assembly. They prepared a PowerPoint to show all the staff and students what they had worked on throughout the week, this was then followed by two students who volunteered to show their projects on stage for everyone to see and enjoy. The young artists were uplifted by the cohort’s positive reaction to their artworks.

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