Classroom transformed into sensory soundscapes

Published by: AWESOME Arts | 17-Nov-2021
Surrounded by Bunbury’s stunning bushland setting, College Row School classrooms were transformed into an incredible sensory workshop space by AWESOME artists Bridget Waters and Lana Rothnie for this year’s College Row School Creative Challenge.
AWESOME artists travelled down to Wardandi Country in August for a one-week residency with the students of College Row School, proudly sponsored by Healthway and Go For 2&5. The artists created an exciting mixture of immersive food art and sound works with the students. This year’s theme of ‘Gathering’ brought students, teachers and support staff together to explore new experiences and turn unexpected mediums into artworks and creative explorations.

Children created art using food, rice paper vessels, crystallization images, vegemite prints, and textural flour and string works became installation artworks that represented each students’ unique interests and curiosities. Even celery sticks and apples became instruments out of the freedom participants were given to touch and play with textural mediums near microphones!

By the end of the residency, the children had recorded three soundscapes playing with and eating fruits and vegetables, experimenting with acoustic and electronic instruments, percussion, and their vocals. Students proudly recognised each of their contributions to the songs as they were played at the final celebration of the residency at the whole school assembly as they sat amongst an exhibition of all of the individual creations made throughout the week.

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