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The Tasmanian Art Teachers' Association provides art education advice, information and assistance to members. TATA advocates for the Visual Art education sector in relation to policy and curriculum development to build social capital through quality art education.

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(Grade 10 Riverside High School)

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October 16th, 9:36 am

Tasmanian Art Teachers - TATA

Good morning! Today we are delighted to introduce Sonja Hindrum as our next workshop presenter for our forthcoming 'Art works' professional learning event at Inveresk

Title: Exploring the materiality of SCOBY in
the practice of book making

In this workshop we will be working with the SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) that is formed when brewing kombucha tea. Working with the materiality of bacterial cellulose (BC) we will explore SCOBY's materiality range which extends from plastic film, paper, cardboard, leather to plywood and is also conductive.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with bacterial cellulose in various forms, dry, wet and with simple electronics. The outcome will be a greater confidence and understanding of the possibilities of growing your own material in school and then being able to create items that include those traditionally made with leather or plant based cellulose and speculate on futuristic ideas.

Sonja Hindrum is an artist and designer who over the years has developed site-specific works and a number of community engaging works. Sonja has recently focused on exploring human connections working with an Art [Science] focus, utilising interdisciplinary approaches to community art [science] engagements as part of her PhD studies.

Sonja’s most recent activities include performing SkinMusic at MONA FOMA and Mona Foma Soma (Jan 2019), M/others and Future Humans @Testing Grounds & The Anthropocene Campus, Deakin (Participating artists: Patricia Piccinini / Tamara Pertamina / Pony Express /Selena de Carvalho & Sally Davis / Eben Kirksey / Svenja Kratz / Yvette Watt (Sept 2018) and MONA’s 24 Carrot Gardens – (Assisting SoDA 3rd year students).

Sonja currently works with the School of Architecture & Design and School of Creative Arts. Sonja is also a mentor in the UTAS College Program and is undertaking a PhD through University of Tasmania.

Sonja's workshop runs in the concurrent morning stream from 9.15-11.15am. Register now to curate your day and secure a place in your preferred workshops

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October 15th, 9:40 am

Tasmanian Art Teachers - TATA

Next in line for our 'Art works - Visual Art PL @Inveresk' presenter introductions is Troy Ruffels 🙌

Title: Exploring imaging techniques in
preparing and printing digital artworks

In this workshop participants will explore a range of imaging techniques in preparing and printing some of their own images on a large format 17inch Epson printer. The entire workflow from file preparation and media selection will be covered in developing work for an exhibition at the workshops conclusion. The workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediate users, and will focus on making stuff.

Troy Ruffels is a practicing artist based on the NW Coast of Tasmania, and Head of Photomedia at the University of Tasmania College of Arts and Media, Inveresk. You can learn more about Troy's practice here www.troyruffels.com

Troy's workshop runs in the concurrent morning stream from 9.15-11.15am. Register now to curate your day and secure your preferred workshops!

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NEW Teaching Resource: On Albatross Island

On Albatross Island drawings by Richard Wastell

Check out the "On Albatross Island" exhibition. This online gallery has been developed to accompany the On Albatross Island Education Kit.

The On Albatross Island Education Kit has been developed by art education specialists from the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA) in collaboration with Art Education Australia (AEA), and consultation with a range of education and cultural community and Arts industry stakeholders.

Professional Learning at MONA + Hadley's Art Prize RESOURCE 

Art Teachers from all over Tasmania participated in the MONA Professional Learning event in March 2018. Participants indulged in complex discussions about the current and future states of Arts Education in Tasmania and viewed exciting resources, such as: The Hadley's Art Prize Education Kit.

"Aligned with the Australian Curriculum, it has been developed by art education specialists in partnership with the Hadley’s Art Prize curator, and is endorsed by Art Education Australia, the peak national professional association that supports and promotes art education at all levels within Australia. Schools groups are encouraged to use the Education Kit and visit the finalists’ exhibition." - Hadley's Art Prize

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