Creative Education Partnerships: Artist in Residence Initiative is a national program that supports professional artists to work with students and teachers in Australian schools.
In partnership with Arts SA, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and Australia Council for the Arts, Carclew's AIS Plus will engage and support South Australian artists to devise and deliver in-depth artist residencies in partnership with schools.
In 2013 Carclew called for expressions of interest from experienced teaching artists interested in partnering for artist residencies in schools during 2014 and 2015.
During terms 1 and 2, performance artist Eliza Lovell is working with year 1–7 students at Christie Downs Primary School. With themes around the ‘lost art of letter writing’ Eliza will collaborate with teachers and students to research and explore letters through themes of identity, journey, fantasy and family. The residency will support learning through drama, visual arts and creative writing and incorporate body-based pedagogies.
A further two Artists in Schools: Plus artist residencies will take place in regional schools during terms 3 and 4, and are currently in the early stages of planning.
During terms 1 and 2 visual artist James Parker mentored poetry artist Gemma Boyd as they worked with students and teachers at Klemzig Primary School. The residncy saw the creation of an outdoor ‘Poet Tree’ mural carved from Mt Gambier Limestone.
Also during the first half of 2014, visual artist John Whitney partnered with aerosol artist Seb Humphreys to mentor year 10 students at Valley View Secondary School. Together they designed and created installations inspired by the work of Shaun Tan.
During terms 3 and 4, Meredith Russell travelled to the Barossa Valley to work with students and teachers at Lyndoch Primary School on a series of artworks to enhance the outdoor environment. Emerging artist Zoe Freney and Carclew Project Officer Bethany Ashley-Ward supported Meredith throughout the process. During the residency over 130 R-7 students created ceramic pavers and totems and a colourful outdoor garden-themed mural.
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