Sunday, November 20, 2016

Environmental awareness art workshop tomorrow

©2016 Barry Smith - Almost looks too nice to be a plastic bag full of chopped up rubbish from our waterways
Fiona, Christine E and I will spend all day tomorrow offering three separate workshop activities for all (over 120) of the students at the Amanda Marga River School. The school has agreed to set aside the normal schedule and participate in six sessions where each student will create: resin pieces with me; weather grams with Fiona to go on a metal tree; and jelly-plate prints with Christine.

The art work will be installed on Tuesday afternoon (22/11) at the the Art& Ecology Centre Tanawha as part of the Water and the Environment Collaborative Exhibition. The key artist in the exhibition is Japanese environmental artist Maseru Shimokawa (Daily Walks Notebook); supported by Dr Leah Barclay (River Listening).

I finished my preparations for the resin workshops today. This included chopping up some of the rubbish the students had collected from waterways.

©2016 Barry Smith - Rubbish from the waterways
©2016 Barry Smith - More rubbish from the waterways

©2016 Barry Smith - Chopped up rubbish from the waterways
I checked to see that I had enough plastic bags and shot glasses for each student for resin moulds.

Getting the eight litres of resin out.

Cutting small pieces of paper for the students to put into the base of the resin moulds - they all want their work back.

©2016 Barry Smith - 300 pieces of paper for names
I did a final test run of the shot glasses and plastic bags.

©2016 Barry Smith - And that is what we drink????
So I'm all ready to go. I'm looking forward to seeing what gets created; should be about 250 resin pieces in the installation. Could be interesting photos for reporting on the installation of works.


  1. i think these kids are having a great experience!

  2. What a great workshop that will be! Hope everyone enjoys it and has a great learning experience!
    Cheers, P

  3. I think it will be a gorgeous workshop. Have fun with the students. I can't wait to see the results.

  4. So much trash in the waterways! How wonderful to work with students and create art and learn about the environment... congrats.


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