HSC Visual Art Resources

Every now and then something comes along that has all the hallmarks of becoming a future place of pilgrimage in the educational landscape. Emily Portmann’s new Stage 6 Visual Art WordPress blog site is just that.

HSC Visual Art Resources is Portmann’s response to the need for an articulate, concise and informative repository of case study resources for HSC Visual Art students and teachers.

Recently launched and still in it’s infancy HSC Visual Art Resources is already flush with quality content that is organized into a systemic and logically sequential flow of information that addresses the work of each cataloged artist in terms of biographical information, ‘Conceptual Framework’ breakdown, ‘Frames’ breakdown and relevant ‘Practice’ references along with a healthy selection of supporting images.

As Portmann so succinctly put it

“HSC Visual Art Resources’ aim is to become a data base of relevant artists explored as case studies for both teachers and students. Teachers can access new contemporary artists in which to add to their own programs and course content, whilst students can access this information as inspiration for their own artmaking (particularly in reference to their HSC Body of Work, BOW’s) as well as for their theoretical studies of art criticism and art history.” @http://hscvisualartresources.wordpress.com/

Emily Portmann is an acclaimed photographer entering a promising educational career.

I would certainly encourage any teacher and/or their students to do themselves a great service; visit the site and select any artist under ‘Recent Post’s’ in the right sidebar and enjoy the journey.

Sydney Teach Meet, March 2nd

I attended my first of these meetings yesterday and came away glad that I had gone despite the bad weather and the 260km round trip. Not knowing anyone there was an interesting experience, a veritable ‘stranger in a strange land’ scenario. My only connection was by virtue of being among those who were enthusiastic enough to be doing this in their own time knowing full well that their efforts would not be acknowledged under the tattered standardized professional development umbrella that NSWIT provides to keep the accreditation juggernaut dry and protected from the elephants in the room.

Kudos to the organizers for running such a well co-ordinated event and to the presenters for making it relevant. I would loved to have seen some info on the presenters provided on the schedule. Being new to the event I had no idea who was presenting what outside of whether the presentation was a 2 or 7 min gig. Some names were familiar to me only by virtue of their web presence and references in some publications. People like Alice Leung, Dan Haesler, Bianca Hewes and Chris Betcher were the only names I had any connection with and none I had met other than Chris by virtue of a chance encounter at Sculpture by the Sea a number of years ago. So it was good to put a reality stamp on 2 out of 4. Time was pressing and I would have liked to join Chris Betcher at an informal talk but the things I wanted to discuss were probably not relevant in this forum so I went hunting for something else and found it in the main auditorium simply by virtue of the fact that 2 of the 4 people whose names I recognized were presenting in the first session.

I missed Bianca Hewes presenting on Edmodo, (just a calculated guess extrapolated from the introductory talk). I’ve been using Edmodo for years and was curious to see what her focal points would be

By the time session two had come around I had run out of time for the day and with a two hour trip home ahead of me I had to call it a night.

Worthwhile? Definately. I’d recommend these events to any educator. i”ll certainly look to presenting at the next one.


Now and Then | Nicole French

I had the pleasure of working with Nicole at Cranebrook HIgh School for a number of years. An extraordinary teacher who could get things done before most people could think about it. I moved on from there and Nicole went to Singleton High the following year. She’s now doing great work there, some of which you can read about here.

“In December ABC Open held a workshop with students and community members at Singleton Library, which resulted in a new visual take on history, putting from the old images into a contemporary setting.

Singleton High School visual arts teacher Nicole French said the students found the project challenging and rewarding.

Now and Then is a project that takes old images back to the original location they were originally photographed, and rephotographing the old images lined up against the contemporary background.

The results of Now and Then workshops all over regional Australia can be seen at the project gallery at the ABC Open site, and can be searched by Now or Then dates.”

Image courtesy of http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2011/01/17/3114821.htm