Over the past 6 months I have been working with year 9 students at Tallangatta Secondary College on projection artworks. The project funded by Creative Victoria Artists in Schools called Lightwaves was designed to teach students new skills, lift personal aspiration and create projection artworks as well as providing me with experience in teaching my artistic practice.
The students had come up with issues that affect them, their local community and worldwide and created artworks that identified and provided a solution to their chosen issue. Topics included racism, homelessness, sport equality, bullying, cyberbullying. The artworks were created using photography, film, animation. The students learned skills in these areas including editing digital photos and film, interview techniques, planning, sound recording, promotions and event management.
The Lightwaves event was held on the evening of 29 October 2016 in the Tallangatta town centre where the artworks were projected on buildings throughout the town. We were extremely lucky to have great weather and a good turnout of people! In addition to the projections the students played music on the main stage which complemented the projections and there were lanterns hung in the park which had individual student’s aspiration written on them.
I’m proud to have been a part of the project and facilitated the creation of projection artworks by the year 9 students.
Thank you to Tallangatta Secondary College teachers and students, Creative Victoria, Tallangatta Rotary Club, Towong Shire, FREEZA, ABC Goulburn Murray as well as several businesses in Tallangatta who allowed us to use the exterior of their buildings for the projections and assist us with access to power. Special thanks to Sue Ledsam from TSC for coming up with the idea and submitting the project proposal and project management.