Leonora Students explore photography and media arts on Creative Challenge

AWESOME Arts | 13-Dec-2021
Two Western Australia based contemporary artists were selected to share their art processes with students in Leonora. Students participated in photography treasure hunts, made masks, participated in drama games and captained the planning and execution of a photobooth.
Leonora Students explore photography and media arts on Creative Challenge
Leonora students having fun learning to use Nikon Cameras.
Artists Nick Zafir and Jason Thomas were thrilled to visit Leonora Community School this year for a two-week Creative Challenge on the lands of the Kuwarra People. The children explored this year’s theme of “Gathering” using media arts, photography, and visual arts practices. This residency was proudly supported by BHP

Children started by stretching their imaginations with some drawing exercises. The younger students crafted their own character masks to explore performance and movement in some drama games. The high school students explored professional photography techniques such as the rule of thirds, composition and portraiture.

The younger students learnt digital media skills on a photography treasure hunt! Participants created a mural background for their school and collaborated on colourful canvas backdrops for a photobooth, posing for photos and putting their photography skills to use!

To celebrate the residency the students set up an exhibition in the music room for the whole school to view and enjoy. Healthy fruit and vegetable snacks were available while students and staff enjoyed discussions about what was accomplished during the residency and the wonderful work that was created.

“BHP is proud to support the 2021 Creative Challenge program and the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things. We know that high-quality education and development opportunities for children can have a big impact on their future, and this partnership will help young people learn new skills, express themselves creatively and appreciate others and their stories through art,” said Chris Cottier, BHP Manager Communities.

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