Students’ artwork to be projected onto buildings during IlluminARTe Festival

Wollondilly Anglican College students are eagerly waiting for locals to see their artworks projected onto buildings during the IlluminARTe Festival.

Visual arts teacher Belinda Taylor said her year 11 students spent a month drawing and sketching their animated digital art projection.

The artworks were then scanned into a computer where the students learnt rendering techniques in Photoshop.

The students then spent two weeks animating their designs in Adobe After Effects, projecting their animations onto masks of the Chapel at St Anthony's Primary School.

“I know the students are waiting with anticipation to see their animations in full scale projected onto the chapel,” Ms Taylor said.

“They are so eager that we had to remind them not to show their designs on social media to build suspense for the audience during the lead up to the IlluminARTe Festival in Picton on Saturday, April 29.

“The students are learning the joy of patience.”

Year 11 student Joshua Castle said he was excited for his work to be featured and seen by thousands.

“It’s a great opportunity to have experienced and it will look good on my resume,” he said.

Giaan Maney said it was exciting their her artwork would be exhibited on such a large scale.

This is the third year the students have been involved in the project.

They started workshops in November and continued into February.

The students also worked with digital artist Jerome Pearce and sound multimedia artist David Kirkpatrick who have worked with digital arts, web design, theater projections, soundscapes, films and festivals.

Joshua said working with the practicing artists was “amazing”.

“David and Jerome were funny and kind and had great ideas to make each student work bigger and better,” he said.

Ms Taylor said working with practicing artists allowed the students to learn new technologies and taught them that the arts extended beyond the school setting, into new career paths.

“The experience of working with a professional team has given the students a greater appreciation for the digital arts and the amount of work that goes into animation and digital rendering,” she said.

“The students learnt about the collaboration process where the artists’ works alongside the digital technician to make their artworks come to life in an animated form.

“They also learnt how to manipulate the still two dimensional artwork using various computer software programs.”

Ms Taylor said the students were lucky to have the IlluminARTe opportunity because their artworks were on display for wider community and a diverse audience beyond the classroom.

“They created art that was engaging and interactive,” she said.

“It has been a privilege to have our students involved in the IlluminARTe project, as they have gained new digital artmaking stills that could further their career path in animation, digital graphics, computer processing and film.”

College headmaster Dr Stuart Quarmby said the IlluminArte project had enabled the school to engage with the community through education.

“It is wonderful to see the drive and enthusiasm in our students and staff as they work hard after hours to produce top quality art for the benefit of our community," he said.

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