Artist in Residence at School of Early Learning, West Leederville
1 August 2016
The School of Early Learning has engaged Artsource to develop an Artist in Residence program, with the initial pilot residency currently taking place at their West Leederville daycare for six weeks.
The objectives for these in-school residencies will enhance the arts activities currently taking place to further enrich the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm of students. Children will participate in high-quality educational and artistic activities that offer dynamic learning experiences.
Artist, Olga Cironis, will be working with the children to create sculptural works using sticks, wool, fabric and longer strips of materials for wrapping. These stick sculptures will develop into a large, colourful hanging installation. The artwork will create subtle moving shadows around the studio and reference trees and nature.
Art is a powerful way of communicating messages about values and emotions. Children have a high visual literacy and can appreciate and enjoy a wide-range of challenging, conceptual and interesting art. When artists make work which is appropriate to children of all ages it can be imaginative, thoughtful and humanising.
Olga will be regularly updating this page with her experiences working with the children at the School of Early Learning, West Leederville. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for over 26 years and delivered workshops and residencies in metropolitan and remote regional areas. Her work is represented in major art collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Princess Margaret Hospital and Bankwest.