Learning from the best

Embracing the new literacy-meets-art classes are (clockwise from left) Millie Quilliam, Debbie Killer and Chris Bergin, drawing still life with charcoal. Picture: Bodey Dittloff. 

Courses. Dabbling artists are incorporating literacy into art to create intriguing pieces with help from local creatives.

Three courses in painting, stencil art and photography are being offered by Rural Health with funding from 26TEN LINC, following on from a calligraphy course last year.

Facilitated by local artists Josie Riches, Frances Joyce and Ethan Hoare, the courses are allowing beginners and those already familiar with art to experience new forms.

Josie, who is more at home teaching violin though has spent time as a teacher’s aide, said she was impressed with how the group embraced the first session as they spent time drawing with charcoal and blind contour drawing.

“They all got really into it and are excited to come back,” she said.

“We’ll be looking more at painting from life – what we see – as well as different ways of using text in an image.”

Visual arts teacher Frances, whose stencil art course will begin next week, is hoping to bring some street art to the sessions, drawing inspiration from graffiti artist Banksy.

“I looked at things like . . . how graffiti offers social comment, it’s not just the words, the image tells more of the story than the words.”

According to Rural Health health promotions officer Karen Cardillo, the aim of the courses is to raise awareness around literacy and to “support people in increasing their literacy skills”.

She said it was particularly special that local artists had agreed “to share their knowledge with us”.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community at large, to see our wonderful local artists . . . to see what they do and how they do it.”

A public exhibition of works will follow the completion of each of the courses.



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