AIS – Projects is a long running residency program established to encourage students’ and teachers’ participation in and appreciation of the arts through creative interaction with a professional arts practitioner.
Artists in Schools projects develop partnerships between schools, communities and artists, while achieving a creative outcome through a considered and integrated process. The program is designed to engage students and their teachers in stimulating arts experiences that add richness and depth to their learning.
Artists in Schools projects:
• encourage student involvement in the creative process
• support student learning as they gain new skills and knowledge
• assist the development of confidence and self-esteem in students
• support teachers in delivery of the curriculum
• support the professional learning of teachers
• promote the value of the arts within the school and broader community
• enrich and add new perspectives to the school’s existing arts curriculum
More than 75,000 South Australian students have participated in Artists in Schools.
If you are interested in running an Artist in Schools Project in your school, please submit an expression of interest using the form link below. Our program team will review your submission and be in touch to discuss it further.
Jon Halpin, Senior Manager – Arts Programs
Image: Clovelly Park Primary School students at Mixmasters Studio Photo: Orana Studios
South Australian government schools, teachers and professional arts practitioners.
SANAA workshops – Adelaide Secondary School of English, Eudunda Area School, Northern Adelaide Senior College, Roma Mitchell College
ARTISTS | Onyis Martin and Joan Otieno
As part of the Sanaa festival Carclew hosted workshops for four schools in drawing and collage (Onyis), and wearable art (Joan). The workshops mixed traditional Kenyan themes and ideas with contemporary mediums, providing the students with a unique cultural and artistic experience. The work produced in the workshops then formed part of the Sanaa Exhibition hosted at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.
Christies Beach High School
ARTISTS | Jake Holmes, Jack Franceschini and Haneen Martin
Students attending the Christies Beach Independent Learning Centre (on site at CBHS) are engaged in alternative education programs beyond and/or alongside some mainstream engagement. Year 8,9 and 10 students worked with three artists over eight weeks to produce a small mural on six boards to be installed on the external wall of the Independent Learning Centre building. The final mural design was developed by Jack Franceschini based on individual design elements created by students, including the centrepiece (alien-esque) character created by one of the students who most regularly attended throughout the project. Students, teachers and school support officers contributed to the painting of the final mural led by Jake, Jack & Haneen.
Port Augusta Secondary School
ARTISTS | Kyron Weetra and Josh Mensch
Through consultation with Carclew’s Creative Producer, Youth, Alysha Hermann, Port Augusta Secondary School, have begun engagement on a two-part drama project residency, the first part of which was completed in June 2018.
In this first week-long residency, Kyron and Josh took 65 students in years 8,9 and 10 students through a series of performance, writing, devising and improvisation workshops. The residency gives students insights into the industry and opportunities for future career development and to hone their skills in creating, developing, working with and interpreting texts. This first residency focussed on sharing skills and seeding ideas about a Port Augusta inspired ten-minute play and included professional development for teacher Nathan Lambert.
The second visit will focus on a shared table reading of the finished play and give the students the experience of a creative ‘lock in’. The final outcome of the project will be a ten-minute play, co-written and devised with the students, which the school will have the option of performing.
Mt Gambier, Yahl, Moorak, Melaleuca, Suttontown, Glenburnie
ARTIST | Sarah Brokensha
Year 4 and 5 students from 5 primary schools in the Mt Gambier district worked alongside professional actor and local Mt Gambier resident, Sarah Brokensha, to create group devised performances, to present in a collaborative showcase.
Sarah is highly regarded for her performance work in children’s theatre and was delighted that this opportunity could engage her with children from her local community. Students were supported with stage skills, performance craft and building performance confidence during the final stages of rehearsal. There is currently conversations underway to follow through on this introductory residency, to develop and engagement of more depth and significance later in the year.
Kaurna Plains Aboriginal School
Artist | Nancy Bates (singing/songwriting) Narisha Cash and Carly Dodd (aerosol art), Lilly Berry and Amber Ahang from Of Desert and Sea (dance), Nikki Carabetta and Anna Dowling (visual arts)
Seven Aboriginal artists worked with four classes from reception to year 2 at Kaurna Plains Aboriginal School. Students experienced a broad cross section of arts, traditional and contemporary, in an authentic cultural program.
Clovelly Park Primary School
Artist | Robyn Habel
Songwriting and recording artist Robyn Habel worked with Clovelly Park students to write and record a school song that reflected and celebrated the diversity of the student population. Three classes at Clovelly learnt about melody and chord structure, verse/chorus and writing lyrics. Through a series of consultations with the students, a song was created that gave students feelings of ownership and pride.
12 of the students were transported by Carclew to Mixmasters Studios to record a version of the song with studio musicians were engaged to lay down the instrumental track. The song was then mixed by Robyn and instrumental and vocal versions provided to the school. The chorus of the final result was as follows:
We are the boys and the girls
Who come from all over the world
And we’re living and we’re working in harmony
Showing all the world how it can be.
Artist | Scott Rathma, artist in residence 'Tony Wilson' with Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien
Alberton Primary School worked with artist Scott Rathma as part of their 125th year celebrations to acknowledge their land through a permanent public art piece. Scott, mentoring APS ‘artist in residence’ Tony Wilson, worked with worked with 276 Magpie students (Year 1-7) , 114 Nest children (Kindy and Reception), interested Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parents and the surrounding Kaurna community to consult and create two murals.
Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien shared cultural stories from the Alberton and Port Adelaide region, helped the students understand the importance of creating an artwork about identity and in particular the identity of the Kaurna nation to the land that APS is situated on. Each student created sketches around the importance of place related to Aboriginal identity which were presented to a panel of children from Children’s Parliament (CPAPS) Aboriginal Nations Ministry and Uncle Lewis as a senior Kaurna Cultural Advisor.
Artist | James Parker
During Term 1 Adelaide Secondary School of English (ASSE) students with well-developed language skills will work with visual artist James Parker over a two-week period. This Artist in Schools residency will link poetry and book-making while exploring the theme of ‘Living in Two Worlds’ through creative narrative forms. Poet Gemma Boyd will also work with the students to explore the poetic themes in their drawings with a view to writing their own verse. The residency aims to encourage different ways of learning while the students share ideas and develop their English language skills.
Artist | Louise Wren
During Terms 1 and 2 this small rural school will facilitate an artist residency with local visual artist Louise Wren. Students from R-7 will work with Louise to design and create a mural to be displayed as part of the school’s new Outdoor Learning Area. The program will be planned with all students and their individual needs in mind, embedding learning outcomes across the curriculum - the arts, literacy, maths, geography, history and science. The final mosaic artwork, depicting native flora and fauna, will commemorate the school’s 130th anniversary.
Artist | Karen Carr
Ungarra Primary School received funding for 45 R-7 students and their teachers to work with Karen Carr over ten days to design, develop and produce a series of murals for the school's front fence. The artworks will depict many positive aspects of the local community while celebrating the school’s 100th year.
Artist | John Whitney
Over a two-week period 60 pre-school to year 7 Kongorong students will engage with visual artist John Whitney to produce a large 3D wall mural reflecting the spirit of their community. Students will record landmarks of the area and interview members of the community to form a large format art book which will document the research undertaken and include student drawings.
Artist | Rosslyn Anderson
Students and teachers from this culturally diverse eastern suburbs school will work with visual artist Rosslyn Anderson to research, design and manufacture a large mosaic mural on the birds and animals of the local area. The project will link the school with aspects of the district's heritage and development.
Artist | Catherine Carter
Mentee | Verynnia Neilson
Ninety year 6/7 Littlehampton students will work alongside theatre artist Catherine Carter to explore the dynamics of narrative through the understanding and improvising of the hero and heroines quest. Students will explore rites of passage themes including transition to secondary school, culminating in an in-school performance of The Quest.
Artist | Nicholas Watson
Local artist Nicholas Watson will work with 85 R-7 students to create individual and group sculptures and an outdoor installation to be exhibited in the community. The residency will incorporate themes of recycling with the aim of assisting students to develop an understanding of local and global environmental threats and possibilities.
Artist | John Whitney
John Whitney will work with 32 Year 6/7 students to design and carve three dimentional sculptures that reflect the school’s identity and values. The residency will incorporate a cross-curriculum approach and the outcome will be celebrated at the annual Art Fair in November.
Artist | Donna Gynell
Donna will work with 46 Year 8-12 Aboriginal students in the development of a comic graphic-style mural. The themes will centre around the students’ beliefs, spirituality and projections of their futures. Themes will also incorporate aspects of their dreaming stories and images, such as the black swan.
Artist | James Parker
One hundred and fifty Year 2-5 students will work alongside James Parker to add value to an existing program of circus skill development. A group of students will learn about designing props and staging for the performance troupe and will also be introduced to the concept of diorama, applying this through the making process.
Artist | Edwin Kemp Attrill
With ‘wellbeing’ at the heart of this project, Edwin will work with 35 Year 7 students to explore friendship, bullying and relationships through Boal’s Forum Theatre techniques. The process, supported by the Largs Bay School Counsellor, will provide opportunity for the students to take ownership through research, writing, performing and collaborating.
Artist | Allyson Parsons
Curramulka Primary School received 10 days funding for 40 R-7 students and their teachers to work with Allyson Parsons to design and paint a prominent wall within the school grounds. The mural will incorporate the children’s ideas and designs to express the unique voice of this small rural school community.
Artist | Bridgette Minuzzo
90 year 5-7 students and their teachers at Allenby Gardens Prtimary School will engage with Bridgette Minuzzo to create a large semi-permanent outdoor artwork and use a stop frame film process to document the development.
Artist | Jade Erlandsen
This unique international school will work closely with Jade Erlandsen and 60 year 8-10 students on a 10-day dance residency. The project will further their skills in movement while supporting their learning in literacy.
Artist | Alirio Zavarce
Over a 10-day residency 50 year 9-11 students will work with Alirio Zavarce to develop and produce a piece of theatre that maps the journeys and stories of their migrant/refugee experiences.
Artist | Fran Callen
This 8-day residency will see 150 year 7-12 students and community members across three school sites, engage with artist Fran Callen to learn observational drawing techniques and create individual 2D artworks.
Artist | Stephen Noonan
Reidy Park Primary students and teachers will work with Stephen to develop two unique productions. The junior primary students will focus on fairy tales while year 4 and 5 students will work on themes from the Australian History Inquiry Unit.
Artist | Tony Hannan and Karl Telfer
This artist residency will support an ongoing program of environmental, Indigenous, arts and cultural activities to involve the educational facility, Meldana. Students from playgroup to year 10 will work with the artists as they participate in a ritual stone circle, stilt walking and shadow puppetry. The residency will culminate in a community open day celebration and performance.
Artist | James Parker
Mary MacKillop Memorial School received 10 days funding for R-7 students and their teachers to work with James Parker in a cross-cultural project focusing on the Chinese language and culture. The community will be able to enjoy the window creations which will be displayed along the main street of Penola.
Artist | Pete Arthur
Over 200 K-7 Southern Montessori School students and their teachers will collaborate with Pete Arthur to write, perform and record their own original songs and produce a CD that will launch at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre in December.
Artist | Barbara Binns
Hillcrest Primary received 10 days funding for the artist to work with 150 R-7 students to design and create a series of felted panels incorporating the school’s identity.
Artist | Sam Oster
Lobethal Primary received funding for the artist to teach a range of photographic techniques (cyanotypes and pinhole camera) to 130 R-7 students over a 10-day period.
Artist | Stephen Noonan
The school received 10 days funding for the artist to collaborate with Yr 1-7 students - exploring, skill-building and experimenting through puppetry-making and manipulation.
Artist | Tahli Corin
Pinnaroo Primary received 10 days funding to engage a NSW-based artist to work with 61 R-7 students opening their imaginations to other cultures and lifestyles through the creative arts.
Artist | Jessica Pierce
Moorook Primary received funding for 25 R-7 students to work with the artist, over an 8-day period to learn a range of dynamic circus skills culminating in a short performance.
Artist | Wayan Dudug
Christies Beach High received 10 days funding for 150 secondary students and teachers to work with the artist to design and carve sculptures made from hebel block and inspired by Balinese traditions.
Artist | Bridgette Minuzzo
This northern suburbs school received 10 days funding to engage the artist to work with 90 year 5-7 students on a visual arts project culminating in a large-scale installation.
Artist | Karen Carr
Navigator College received five days funding for the artist to work with students and teachers to create a large-scale mural incorporating Japanese themes with links from their sister city in Japan.
Artist | James Parker
This small rural school received 10 days funding for the artist to work with all of the students to create a ‘Never-Ending-Landscape’ inspired by the local landscape.
Artist | Silvio Apponyi
This three-day residency engaged Silvio to work with 120 year 2-7 students in the design and creation of a series of limestone sculptures installed around the school in the form a discovery trail.
Artist | Olivia Allen (Riverland Youth Theatre)
Monash Primary received 10 days funding for the artist to work with students to devise a short entertaining theatre performance around the theme of success.
Artist | Penelope Shum
During this eight-day residency 50 year 9-11 students will work with the artist to learn the history of urban dance forms and practice the techniques of hip-hop, breakdance, popping, locking and street dance.