Bush Toys - On Call

This workshop explores creativity, design, cultural stories, language and listening. Bronwyn Razem, a traditional Indigenous fibre artist from the Gunditjmara tribe and Kirrae Whurrong language group, and Adrienne Kneebone, a Community Arts and  Cultural Development worker, are experts in the field of fibre art and will teach creative fibre sculpture to children through engagement with the Indigenous creation story intrinsic to their specific regional area.

Bronwyn and Adrienne will create a Totem Animal (Large Bush Toy) to bring along to each participating area, basing them on the history and identity of that area. These Totems will form part of a regional exhibition at the end of 2014.

The theme for each story will be The Legend of Bunjil or The Land of Bunjil, and will have slight variation tailored specifically to each Victorian Region.

Through the simple method of “wrapping” vibrant wool around native grass, sticks and rocks children become master sculptures as colourful animals are formed by their own hands. The children are informed through Indigenous story telling of local creation stories, and then asked to interpret them through the art of making. Bronwyn and Adrienne encourage inclusive learning and sharing of all cultures through play.

Fibre sculpture through engagement with the Indigenous creation story intrinsic to their specific regional area

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Metro: 31st Jan 2014 to 17th Dec 2014
Regional: 31st Jan 2014 to 17th Dec 2014

Duration: 60minutes
Artforms: Music, Visual Arts
Cost: $11.70
Minimum fee: $350 = GST Less eligible subsidy
Suitability: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8
Terms: Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 30