The annual ArtEd WA Retreat was held in the historic Swanleigh grounds over the 27th and 28th November with 18 eager participants and over 20 hours of workshop sessions.
Friday featured workshops by practicing mixed media artist, Karen Frankel and was highlighted by an after-dinner life-drawing session facilitated by Jo Thomas with a professional model Jane Hebiton Tassell. This session highlighted the diverse skills of our participants and lead to some inspired creations well into the night.
Saturday morning kicked off with an exciting ceramics workshop with the multi-talented Jane Marron creating whimsical ceramic caricatures.
After peeling our dedicated teachers away from their clay-work (much like some students we all know!) we proceeded on to an informative and interactive session regarding the implementation of the curriculum and standards for assessment and reporting with Cassie Bussell from School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
We then ‘experimented’ with solar painting on canvas bags…actually we need more practice with this technique so we will present a workshop this year to cover the skills required to be successful!
Saturday evening concluded with a surprisingly relaxing botanical watercolour workshop with graduate-teacher Annalise Fosbery. To the tune of “I don’t have the patience for this”, participants left their watercolour cake-palettes behind and entered the world of artist’s watercolours and scientific documentation.
After dinner the participants continued to work on their paintings, ceramics and mixed media creations before some making a start on their First Love canvases for the 2016 exhibition. The creative work continued well into the wee-hours as we all love having dedicated art time.
Sincere thanks go to those that participated and schools that supported their teachers in attending this years’ retreat and a resounding thank you to Jo Snashall and Leith Elliott for their very hard work planning, preparing and running the retreat.
- Annalise Fosbery and Jo Snashall