Year 11 Visual Arts students recently completed a 3-day, 2-night residency at the Bundanon Trust in the Shoalhaven. The Trust is a gift to the nation by well-known Australian artists Arthur and Yvonne Boyd and is made up of an art collection and number of properties formerly owned by the Boyd family. During the residency program and through the students’ exploration of Bundanon’s physical spaces (rocky escarpments, fertile river flats and bush tracks), students investigated the genre of the landscape in art and the artmaking practice of the extended Boyd family.
The residency broadens each student’s visual arts knowledge beyond the classroom and provides a dedicated creative space for exploration and sustained engagement of their artistic practice. Students complete a range of workshops modelled on the practice of Boyd and designed to highlight the incremental and staged development of the creative process, an understanding key to success in the Visual Arts HSC course.