Teaching staff and students from the Bathurst region converged at Denison College Kelso High Campus yesterday for the start of a two day ceramics workshop with an internationally renowned artist.
Years 9 to 12 visual arts students from Kelso, Bathurst and Oberon high schools were on hand to learn from Juz Kitson, a Sydney based ceramic artist who has residencies in Australia as well as China.
“This project is about getting students to think outside of the ordinary by giving them permission to create surreal and unfamiliar objects,” Ms Kitson said.
The workshop, entitled ‘Uncanny Objects in Clay,’ was secured by a Creative Arts Grant Initiative that Kelso High received from the NSW Department of Education.
Ms Kitson says a key factor of the workshop is to get students thinking about expanding their creative ideas to broaden the appeal of their art.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from, there are so many ways to put yourself out there, such as entering works into art shows and competitions for more exposure,” she said.
“Once you’re allowed to do something and are given that endless platform to create, wonderful things start to happen.”
The unique combined high school workshop continues today.