ART TEACHER'S ART

This was an idea initially developed by Janet Davie. The idea was that art teachers from the different schools around the area would get together and put on an exhibition of their own work. The first exhibition was held at the West Gippsland Arts Centre in 2008( I think) and this was followed by 'Red" at gary Miles Bradley Hall Gallery in 2009 and then "Every other colour" in 2010 also at Gary Miles Gallery. It continued into 2011 but as I was no longer an art teacher I felt it was better to not be part of it.

The various teaachers that were involved were Kate Caish( St Pauls),Travis Wiltshire(Trafalgar) Sandy Ward( Warragul Regional College)Nova...( WRC),Mel...(WRC),Susannah(St Pauls) Russell Handley( Neerim Sth) Trisha Naus( Marist Sion),Steve Wiegerink( Traf), Anne Marks( Chairo)  and others.

I was the only representative from Drouin Secondary College although we had quite a strong group of art teachers there at the time including Sue Osborn, and Shelley Watson Davie.

 I have grouped all the work I had in these shows on this page as there were only about 6 to 7 pieces per show

art teachers art shows( 3 years)

balloon - 2012 (SOLD)
balloon
one of several balloons I made for different shows
erica kinder seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder seat 2
This is from the kid drawings the teacher sent me
Gary Miles giving Judges comments - 2012
Gary Miles giving Judges comments
Janice Hunter`s Rabbits - 2012
Janice Hunter`s Rabbits
survival - 2012
survival
This piece was made for the bonanza show. I have been moving between the use of junk metal and recycled rock and this piece combines them nicely. I also wanted to further express my ecological concerns and make a comment on the pace of change. Where I live its all lovely and green but as I live in a growth corridor I have seen fields developed into housing estates almost overnight. There was an old Ron Cobb cartoon of something similar and I just feel that this piece expresses my optimism that nature will survive. In even the most unfriendly environment
landscape - 2011 (Recycled)
landscape
I found the idea of a tree form and added the hills and the sun.. the tree was a touch distorted from my original idea but it seems to work.
tricycle girl - 2011 (SOLD)
tricycle girl
I did this piece as the first piece to go to Canada. I used to have a trike myself( although I never was a girl) so I remember the fun that could be had with such a simple device.
axe girl( making some changes 2) - 2010 (SOLD)
axe girl( making some changes 2)
We used the original axe girl as part of the invitation so I thought I should have something similar. This also sold at opening night.I made a piece a while ago called "making some changes" which was my little axe girl. It was included in the invitation as representative of my work and it is a clear little piece. One of the papers wanted different pictures of it ( didn’t have any!) and a number of people said I really like your axe girl.
She wasn’t going to actually be in the exhibition but I had a piece entered called Green dress( at that point unmade), following the colour theme and I thought that a few people might be disappointed if axe girl was missing so here is her sister( the other one sold).
big head - 2010 (SOLD)
big head
The big head( resting) was the major piece for my collection for the art teachers art exhibition. I was very pleased with it.I seem to like big things. I have made a big dog, a big bird, a big junk face and now I am doing another big face although this time made up of panels. I saw a lovely head piece which was a table sculpture and I loved the simplicity of it. I decided to try to do my own version but make it bigger and using a process I felt happy with I made a metal frame and then set about covering it with panels. It took 4 and ½ days and was quite tiring and challenging and I think the end result is just fine. I like the egg like back which suggest origins, rocks, industrial forms etc. And I also like the big face on the "front". I like its balance in mid air… well slightly off the floor and its symmetry suggest peacefulness. I am happy with it and I hope it appeals to you too…. Oh Colour… well silver and brown and a bit of black of course!
Girl and Bird - 2010 (SOLD)
Girl and Bird
Girl and Bird sold at the opening nightof tehart teachers art exhibition. I don't think I photographed it. I did a second version( this one) in a different format and I swapped it with Anne Marks for a piece of her work I have done a couple of girls reading in the past and in the last Drouin exhibition I had her reading to a large bird and dog. I guess I am still exploring the idea but this time in a smaller form. What’s it all mean….nothing really ,except I love the fun of somehow a story winning over a giant bird. In the "untold stories exhibition" it was appropriate but I still love playing with the forms.
In following my colour theme this character allowed me to add orange to the composition instead of the red dress her predecessors had. The bird doesn’t seem to mind.
Mamas - 2010 (SOLD)
Mamas
I wanted to do something similar to Ron Meurck's little old ladies so I did these black ladies. I don't think I quite got the pose quite right. In thinking through the colour range( and yes I have heard that black is not a colour) I thought back to all the italian mamas I had seen in my childhood. The little Italian mama in black was everywhere . I had also just seen the Ron Mueck Exhibition( some see my head as a follow on from that too) and I had seen the little old ladies there I adopted a similar pose but without any of Ron’s detail. So it’s a homage , a remembrance and a unique piece from my imagination.
It didnt sell so I cut it up and used the pieces for some other pieces
resting - 2010 (SOLD)
resting
I seem to like big things. I have made a big dog, a big bird, a big junk face and now I am doing another big face although this time made up of panels. I saw a lovely head piece which was a table sculpture and I loved the simplicity of it. I decided to try to do my own version but make it bigger and using a process I felt happy with I made a metal frame and then set about covering it with panels. It took 4 and ½ days and was quite tiring and challenging and I think the end result is just fine. I like the egg like back which suggest origins, rocks, industrial forms etc. And I also like the big face on the “front”. I like its balance in mid air… well slightly off the floor and its symmetry suggest peacefulness. I am happy with it and I hope it appeals to you too…. Oh Colour… well silver and brown and a bit of black of course!
Surrender - 2010 (SOLD)
Surrender
Again I wanted a piece with white in it. I had a sketch in my book of a boy with wings crouching on a window sill so I used that as the starting point.
Is the surrender to his true nature? Is it to the urge to jump and see if the wings work? Or was there another story?
The white is the colour of surrender so the title is appropriate but it is a slightly odd piece.
the blues - 2010 (SOLD)
the blues
As the theme was every other Colour the blues suggested itself as an idea. Its a bit moody but I like the combination.Another idea from the sketchbook. This character is looking out on the world and hopefully his body language expresses his emotions. A need to use blue as part of the series was the main inspiration but often the sketches just need a theme that gives them priority to be made.
the girl with the bow(2010) - 2010 (SOLD)
the girl with the bow(2010)
Another girl. I had done a sketch of a girl with a giant bow in her hair..yet when I looked at the form with the bow completed it didn’t look right. She became a skipping girl and her bow became a bit smaller. It really is another piece in my references to childhood( although I never was a girl when I was young)and I have now done quite a series of childhood pursuits. Her bow needed to be brown I felt to be part of the colour range I was exploring.. it might have looked even brighter if it was red!
Weight of the world - 2010 (SOLD)
Weight of the world
This was for the exhibition art teachers art exhibition , every other colour. Still playing with colour and I wanted a piece which had most of the rainbow colours in it, ROYGBIV and then I thought really there are other colours than just the rainbow colours and Indigo? Well why not brown!
So having decided to use a range of colours I decided on this form.
In this case I wanted a world form and characters representing different colours/ races supporting it. I chose not to put them all at the bottom ( as what is up in world terms!) but rather across the middle. The characters don’t seem to be struggling too much. Some seem to even be having fun and I see this as representing our continual complaining about seemingly trivial things…making a big thing of it but really in the scheme of things really being quite well off.
One of my friends interpreted it as having to do with Gay pride with the rainbow being a symbol of the gay movement but I don’t feel it is that… although if that’s what you read … then fine.
I am enjoying this form of construction where I work almost in 2-D as it allows pieces not to be too heavy and I do like the shadows created
airhead - 2009 (SOLD)
airhead
Another term in common use but one I have never thought about representing until now. I was making this piece for another exhibition and the idea of using a red balloon to show this phrase just seemed appropriate. I have decided to now make a second piece with a female form to be equal in genders( who says I haven’t bee raised through a political correct organization!)
all of us in red.. except me - 2009
all of us in red.. except me
we all dressed in red .. except I wasnt there
butterfly girl - 2009 (SOLD)
butterfly girl

In thinking about making small pieces I still have lots of thoughts about making things fly. The butterfly girl was suggested by a logo in an ad. The actual character in the ad was just standing and that seemed to take all the point out of it.
Anyway I made my Butterfly girl and she of course had to have red as part of her adornment.!)
cat stretch - 2009 (SOLD)
cat stretch
An order from someone for a cat being a birdbath
chinese reflection - 2009 (SOLD)
chinese reflection
The five-pointed red star, is a symbol of communism as well as broader socialism in general. It is sometimes understood to represent the five fingers of the worker's hand, as well as the five continents. A lesser known suggestion is that the five points on the star were intended to represent the five social groups that would lead Russia to communism: the youth, the military, the industrial labourers, the agricultural workers or peasantry, and the intelligentsia. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used the red star as a symbol
(research from Wikipedia)
When we visited China recently one of our party bought a hat with this symbol in the middle.( He looked like Joe Stalin himself!) I wanted to use this as a comment on chinese communism in that it was all showy and shiny on the front but behind it was made of junk and rather rusty. ( I didn’t tell Hu Jin Tao that but this was a clear impression) . Hence my star is big, impressive and a great red but is propped up by a very simple and basic structure.
This also went in the Yering sculpture show and sold there
dorothy - 2009 (SOLD)
dorothy
for the red exhibition
float - 2009 (SOLD)
float
I was doing lots of floating pieces for my previous up exhibition but these were all of a smaller scale ( like “red carpet”). I thought of a red balloon( from the film) and set about making it full size and clearly welded metal. I guess this echoes the seeming impossibility of flying in planes weighing tons ( or sailing in concrete boats!). I love its movement and the coil and bends in the “rope” just add to its lightness.
rain girl - 2009 (SOLD)
rain girl
My friend Grant showed me a book where another sculptor used steel wool as smoke and I had the idea of using it also. This is the second “Rain girl” but this one has a red umbrella.
I was talking with a gallery owner at Art Melbourne and she commented that a bit of colour would really add to my work and another artist nearby( Annie Glass) said she would love a rain girl with a red umbrella. ( I had thought of doing this myself anyway!)
I love the fact that she has not only her own umbrella but her own cloud. I think we all suffer from this at times and hopefully we all have something as cheery as a red umbrella to hold off the rain
I love where we get these words from so hence: Umbrella is another synonym for the term parasol, which was first used as a protection against the scorching heat of the sun, "para" meaning stop or shield and "sol" meaning sun. The word "umbrella" has evolved from the Latin "umbella" (and "umbel" is a flat-topped rounded flower) or "umbra," meaning "shaded.
Parasols were used in ancient persia and In Greece, the parasol (skiadeion), was an indispensable adjunct to a lady of fashion in the late 5th century BC. Aristophanes mentions it among the common articles of female use; they could apparently open and close
Read - 2009 (SOLD)
Read
More language confusion! Is this Read( reed) or Read(red).
Another idea for using a box format but I had already done it with redder. I felt we needed something to do with reading as part of the exploration of the word red and this piece evolved. I like the idea that you could see the box as just shapes but really you do try to “read “ them!

I bought a new plasma cutter to do the letters and made the big box form. It looked very static though and I thought it would be better to be associated with a book. ( where to put it on top or underneath?). On top meant that you couldn’t see the form very well and underneath suggests the form growing from the book.
Still the piece looked static and it was only by playing with the shape ( could I put this on a bike axle too?) that I arrived at what I think is a practical and effective composition.
Happy reading.
READ(2009) - 2009 (SOLD)
READ(2009)
More language confusion! Is this Read( reed) or Read(red).
Another idea for using a box format but I had already done it with redder. I felt we needed something to do with reading as part of the exploration of the word red and this piece evolved. I like the idea that you could see the box as just shapes but really you do try to “read “ them!

I bought a new plasma cutter to do the letters and made the big box form. It looked very static though and I thought it would be better to be associated with a book. ( where to put it on top or underneath?). On top meant that you couldn’t see the form very well and underneath suggests the form growing from the book.
Still the piece looked static and it was only by playing with the shape ( could I put this on a bike axle too?) that I arrived at what I think is a practical and effective composition.
Happy reading.
red carpet - 2009 (SOLD)
red carpet
This follows in the footsteps of the up exhibition and it combines two ideas, the flying carpet and the red carpet
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Carpets were not commonly used on the floor in European interiors until the 18th century. The term "carpet" derives from Armenian "karpet" "kar" meaning a "knot" or "stitch’ The hand-knotted pile carpet probably originated near Turkey between the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.
Magic carpets have appeared in literature from biblicaL times( Solomon’s carpet) through the present day. The popularity of One Thousand and One Nights brought magic carpets to the attention of Western audiences.
The earliest known reference to walking a red carpet in literature is in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, written in 458 BC. When the title character returns from Troy, he is greeted by his vengeful wife Clytemnestra who offers him a red path to walk upon:
Probably you had never even thought about where these terms had gained currency .Hence my piece follows in a very long line of representations although I tend to think others have perhaps done it more nicely!
(research from mainly Wikipedia)
redder - 2009 (SOLD)
redder
I love our language and aspects that are unexpected such as “Redder” being made up of Red and red backward.
I had the idea for doing a cube with the word red and I was looking at creating it from junk. However I had this mesh left over from a project and I wondered how clear the letters would be in this from. Well they aren’t!
I guess this is part of its fun as you initially just spin it and think oh isn’t it a nice red cube. It is only when you really look that the letters become apparent.
As to the spinning part, I had an old bike axle and because the cube is so light it is quite lovely the way it moves.
stop - 2009 (SOLD)
stop
One of the nice things about making little characters is that you can arrange them in different combinations. I made the pram for a small piece called “a new direction “and this piece was set on a cut out Hitler silhouette. Really a fairly unattractive thing to have as part of your art collection ( unless you were a neo Nazi)!
Any way I separated all the bits and my policeman was from another sculpture for a show called”inspired”.
I guess we all at various times want our kids not to get any older and I thought this combination was bizarre enough and meaningful enough to make a new composition. (and of course the baby carriage cover is red which sort of steals the red used for stop from the policeman!)
I think I broke this up again and used the pieces in other things
art teachers 2008 - 2008
art teachers 2008
here is the group of 2008 trying to look serious
Big cross - 2008 (SOLD)
Big cross
I have chosen to use teacher marks as the basis for two of my pieces and in a different context and scale they are quite impressive. They are made of junk and to a degree that is just what such marks are but the size gives them importance which is what our perception does.
Big tick - 2008 (SOLD)
Big tick
I have chosen to use teacher marks as the basis for two of my pieces and in a different context and scale they are quite impressive. They are made of junk and to a degree that is just what such marks are but the size gives them importance which is what our perception does.
chinese reflection - 2008 (SOLD)
chinese reflection
When we visited China recently one of our party bought a hat with this symbol in the middle.( He looked like Joe Stalin himself!) I wanted to use this as a comment on chinese communism in that it was all showy and shiny on the front but behind it was made of junk and rather rusty. ( I didn’t tell Hu Jin Tao that but this was a clear impression) . Hence my star is big, impressive and a great red but is propped up by a very simple and basic structure.
Homage to Grant( Grants`s chair) - 2008 (SOLD)
Homage to Grant( Grants`s chair)
Grant Taylor is the first Art teacher I met who actually practiced his art rather than just taught and one of his colourful and impressive pieces was a large stuffed chair in blue and green. This chair is also impressive !
(Grant Teaches art at Wonthaggi Secondary College)
This piece also was in the fringe furniture show and now is outside the spud shed at Trafalgar
Homage to shelley Watson Davie - 2008 (Recycled)
Homage to shelley Watson Davie
Shelley Watson Davie is another art teacher at Drouin Secondary who works on her own art and has a taste for the bizarre.
In this piece I have used the school colours in the tent and I did the tent to reflect her interest in fairground and carnival characters
The mirror creates another world which defies the expectations the viewer brings in approaching a square tent and this is almost a magical world much as her paintings reflect elements of death and magic. The skeleton of the merry go round horse also reflects her interest in things skeletal
Homage to Sue Osborn - 2008 (SOLD)
Homage to Sue Osborn
Sue Osborn mainly works with airbrush and watercolour and flowers and nature are some of her main themes. The dots are my attempt to reflect on her techniques although they do not even hint at the colour and translucence of her work
( Sue Teaches art at Drouin Secondary College
Invite/flyer/poster 2008 - 2008
Invite/flyer/poster 2008
seat and shadow - 2007 (SOLD)
seat and shadow
a seat ....similar to others