The initial practical project we were assigned to create, consisted of a wallpaper design drawn from our cultural context and centred around the following quote by Michael Shermer. “Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.” This later evolved into a ceramic piece. Starting the process, we researched a range of artists in order to broaden our ideas and develop a strong, sophisticated concept. Then we developed a range of thumbnail sketches whilst deciding upon one to be our final design. There were a broad range of ideas that we all addressed in our wallpapers- including ethnicity, stereotyping and labelling others, gender conformity, academic culture, immigration and many more. These were later adapted into intricate designs and developed into a wallpaper. Pattern was a key factor to ensure the formatting aligned correctly and would look fitting if it were to be displayed in an everyday building. Although many challenges arose, everyone in the class persevered and created a meaningful final product. Despite the sketching, editing, constructing and repeating process being quite thorough, it strongly established and engaged upon new skills that can be used to deepen our themes and ability for future projects. Everyone in Year 11 should be extremely happy with the effort and accomplishment reached throughout the task.
Talia Sinani and Tallulah Stein
future artefact- ceramic vessels
The last body of work that formed the Year 11 course consisted of the class creating a ceramic vessel as a continuation to our learning and exploration of personal and cultural identity. Throughout the preparation process we were taught a range of skills to be used in the making of our own vessels. We learnt two crucial methods of construction, coils and slabs. Research, thumbnailing our designs and giving and receiving feedback were all pivotal parts of our process prior to the making. This task allowed the class’s creative sparks to flow as each individual’s vessel held different personal connections and meaning. Our class overcame difficulties along the way, collectively helping one another and creating a safe and encouraging environment to work in. The refined colour palette created aspects of limitation, forcing us to be innovative and original in our decision making. The results of the final products were enhanced as both the colour and form of the vessels complimented each other greatly. During the glazing and “slip” painting process, there was more difficulty as there was less room for error in erasing our mistakes. Our lunch times were spent together making our vessels, giving each other feedback and support. With a limit of time due to Covid 19, this extra time spent together not only made each student more devoted to their pieces, but we grew as a class together. The growth of each art student was evident through their hard work and dedication throughout their artmaking process. From watching the progression of a simple idea turn into a physical vessel, this task was incredibly rewarding.
Written by Saya Oshlack