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National Science Week: A Weekend of Ecology through Ceramics at the CORRIDOR project

$200.00

17-18 August 2019
10am – 4pm daily

Local scientists Martin Driver and Jo Lenehan + National Art School artist Merran Esson will co-facilitate a weekend field-trip session identifying the health of soil, plant and river ecologies situated along the Lachlan river.

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Start Date: Saturday 17 August 2019

End Date: Sunday 18 August 2019

Time: 10am – 4pm

Number of classes: 1

Level: All levels

Age: Participants 16 years and over

Full fee: $200 for adults, $120 for students aged 16-18

Location: the CORRIDOR project, 2997 Darbys Falls Road Wyangala NSW 2808

Availability: Available

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Local scientists Martin Driver and Jo Lenehan + National Art School artist Merran Esson will co-facilitate a weekend field-trip session identifying the health of soil, plant and river ecologies situated along the Lachlan river. Artist Merran Esson will lead Abstracted Ecologies in Clay across the weekend.

As part of National Science Week and supported by Inspiring Australia and the CORRIDOR project, ‘Abstracted Ecologies’ uses an artistic framework to investigate the aesthetic of biological forms that exist in our world such as cellular structures, water systems and native flora. This workshop will encourage you to focus on the relationship between human and environmental forms to create expressive, otherworldly and unique ceramic objects inspired by the geology and topography of the CORRIDOR project. Using hand building techniques you will learn about the earthly qualities and properties of various clays, such as porcelain, stoneware and terracotta as you push and pull these materials to build surfaces, fragments and forms that represent your investigations into our connection and collision with place.

The workshop will encompass walking throughout the site to collect and investigate textures, shapes and forms of the surrounding landscape, presentations about the nature of clay, demonstrations and samples of the possibilities of using terrasigilata, slips and engobes, as well as a discussion about firing and glaze application faults.

Materials: all clay will be provided.

Participants should bring:

  • Tools for hand building in clay, vegetable knife, sponge, cutting wire, kidney
  • Plastic container for water
  • Plastic green garbage bags to keep store work
  • Apron and towel
  • Note/drawing pad and pencil
  • Camera or iPhone
  • Stiff cardboard to work on as a surface
  • Ice-cream containers/other containers to store work
  • Buckets, Slips, Brushes

Teacher Biography:  Merran Esson

Merran Esson is an Australian artist who has been making works of art using clay for over 40 years. Her artworks express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Influences from her rural childhood combine with the urban confines of city life to produce large containers connecting in ways that explore mutual survival. Objects in outdoor spaces have for many years interested Esson, sitting as reminders of water tanks and silos in the Australian rural landscape. Working with clay as a material that can mimic a metal surface, in particular corrugated iron as used in Australian bush architecture, Merran Esson investigates a range of cultural influences, reminding us of the influence of history and place.

Merran Esson holds a Master of Art Degree from Monash University (2004). She was winner of The Austceram Award (1994), Port Hacking Award (2000), Gold Coast Ceramic Award (2005), Nava Marketing Grant (2006), National Art School Studio Residency at The Cite Internationale des Arts Paris (2006), Poyntzpass Pioneer Ceramic Award (2008), highly commended in The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2014) and winner of the Muswellbook Art Prize in Ceramics (2019)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For teachers, by completing The National Art School National Science Week: A Weekend of Ecology through Ceramics (at the CORRIDOR project) Workshop, this will contribute to 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 4.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

For students aged 16-18, please enter the coupon code Ecology2019 to deduct the total cart amount to $120.

For participants who would like to stay at the CORRIDOR project on Friday and/or Saturday evening, please contact Phoebe Cowdery, Project Manager of the CORRIDOR project with accommodation and catering enquiries thecorridorproject@icloud.com

 

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