Day two at the Boree Creek Public School was spent on their white board planning our story-line, noting recurring themes and cross referencing signposts, then editing the sounds and photographs we gathered the day before on their smart board.
The students told us the best thing about a small school was their friendships – being closer and deeper. The worst thing was there were so few friends.
I am grateful for my collaboration with Vic. I remember that may have been conducting workshops at the Boree Creek Public School on my own. He is a great friend. He is a brilliant artist.
We were told we can give individual students stars for being exceptional in class – a sticker stuck on a grid patterned card with their names. The students were given prizes when they received certain amount of stars – a bit like a loyalty card at Gloria Jeans. Vic and I had discussed the night before the difficulties of making stars from individual creativity, especially in children.
As a child I had been encouraged for my creativity. Yet I found myself giving stars to two students: one for laying 53 animation photographs on an editing software time line for animation, and another for randomly minimizing the time span on for each one of those images – one by one – both a laborious manual task.
Tasks are by definition not creative — yet in my mind they are the daily locomotive of my life as an artist: the ability to be consistent, persistent and patiently go through process of repetition, paying attention to detail, and laboring (perhaps unnecessarily) for refinement.
Vic and Sarah’s bedroom in the Old Birrego School has its original blackboard still in its place.