The excitement that emanated from the Year 12 Art and Film and Photography students on the early morning of our departure on Thursday 9 March, was absolutely wonderful. A new and exciting adventure awaited us on the small island of Rottnest. Our first stop was Cottesloe beach to view the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. The weather was perfect as we perused the landscape, captivated by the weird and wonderful sculptures scattered throughout. We were also fortunate to have two of the exhibiting artists talk us through their concepts and creation of their sculptures. This was a fabulous introduction to the Art students’ sculpture project, later on in Term Two, and the whole event provided some fantastic photography opportunities for the Film and Photography students. The ferry to Rottnest was next on our agenda and proved to be another highlight of their camp; encountering immense barges whilst taking in the refreshing sea breeze in the open air section of the ferry.
After we had settled into our accommodation at Kingston Barracks, we commenced that afternoon’s activities with a sand sculpture competition at the beach. Using whatever they could find in their natural surroundings, students created sculptures that depicted their first impressions of Rottnest Island. At twilight we rode to the lighthouse to capture the landscape and the figure via moon and torchlight and to experiment with slow shutter speed photography. That was the beginning of several creative ventures during our stay. Over the next two days we rode our bikes to various locations around the island with students developing ideas and recording their impressions of the landscape, coast, landmarks, historical sites and people. With a limited amount of resources, students were asked to think ‘outside the box’ and use what resources they could find around them and to experiment with different ways of capturing their environment and experiences via film and photography. The students enthusiastically developed art pieces that incorporated found objects to express their experience of their location. Students also had the opportunity to cool off on one of the islands’ beautiful beaches and to study the local wildlife including the very curious and friendly quokkas.
This was an inspirational journey for our Year 12 Art and Film and Photography students. They displayed great initiative and enthusiasm in their continual visual observations and recordings of their surroundings. This is paramount in honing their drawing and camera skills through experimentation and design. Their wonderful creations will be on display in the Learning Commons in the next few weeks. This was undoubtedly a memorable location and the following student highlights are testament to this:
“Some highlights of art camp included drawing outside on the verandah, enjoying each other’s company whilst a little quokka stayed and played with us for the entire afternoon. Another was witnessing the sunrise on the beach at 5.30am and watching the sun come up over Perth city.” Liam Harris
“I loved having the experience of using the limited resources and the surroundings I was in, to help me create a piece of work. Art camp gave me the opportunity to learn and be more creative from what little I had and to have a fun, memorable time with friends and quokkas.” Annellee Aguilar
“The highlight of my trip was when we went for a twilight bike ride up to the lighthouse and we could see all of the lights from Perth. The weather was perfect while we created night drawings capturing the moonlight reflecting off the landscape.” Crystal Vogel
“My highlight of art camp was when everyone sat on the verandah completing their art pieces. It was peaceful and enjoyable and there was a quokka that walked around and ate all of our leaves we had collected for our art work.” Ruby Griffiths
“I really enjoyed the ferry ride to and from Rottnest, the excitement of going to Rottnest building up on the journey there and the excitement of returning so we could go home and tell our families about our new memories.” Lindsay Dagnall
“The things I enjoyed most about Rottnest was the history and the captivating scenery. It was most interesting visiting the museums and learning about the dark past of the Indigenous prisoners held on the island. Sketching landscapes gave me a sense of tranquillity and helped me push myself further.” Amanda Trowles
“What I loved about Rottnest was being able to enjoy the artwork and the beauty of Rottnest with friends and other people who shared similar views.” Annique Clark