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Virtual program brings creativity to remote classrooms

Virtual program brings creativity to remote classrooms

Virtual Creative Professionals is a partnership between Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training. It is a pilot program designed to provide Victorian students in remote locations with access to the highest quality creative and learning experiences.

$150,000 has been allocated to projects that will support students in regional and remote areas to connect, and collaborate with, creative practitioners from metro areas and globally using online tools and platforms. These projects will teach students and teachers new creative skills Рfrom theatre making, to animation, song writing, storytelling and sculpture Рwhile also providing training in the use of the latest technologies.

Creative Victoria have released the summary of the grant recipients as follows:

Virtual Creative Professionals in Schools program – Grant recipients

Swifts Creek P-12 School, $15,000
Artist Michael G.F. Prior will visit the schools as well as using online video conferencing to work with students from his Melbourne studio to create designs for a series of large-scale kinetic sculptures powered by energy from the environment, including solar power. Through workshops exploring basic electronics, mechanics, model-making, 3D drawing, landscaping and video production, students will develop an understanding of contemporary kinetic sculpture and will create permanent sculptures for the school’s grounds.

Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, $35,000
The Centre will partner with music organisation APRA AMCOS to deliver an online and face-to-face music mentoring program that will see some of Victoria’s best artists, producers and managers collaborating with students and staff. Students and teachers will be supported by artists and producers to write and record. They will rehearse for studio and live performances; visit recording studios to meet engineers and gain access to many aspects of the industry.

Lismore Primary School, $15,000
Students and teachers will work with in the classroom with artist Glen Walton and composer and music educator Cayn Borthwick, who will collaborate remotely via online conferencing software, on an interactive music workshop. The project will see students create digital musical instruments using Arduino software units. In addition to learning composition skills, students will be introduced to simple wiring and coding concepts.

Distance Education Centre Victoria (statewide), $35,000
Melbourne Theatre Company and the Distance Education Centre Victoria (DECV) will develop and deliver a 16-week online drama course for Year 8 students. The program will enable young people currently isolated by geographical, medical, social and other factors, to collaborate with artists, teachers and peers. The artists will support and enable students to participate and develop skills in theatre-making practice, using DECV’s online learning platform (Moodle). The project will investigate the intersection of digital and live performance and will create a performance event that takes place in both live and virtual spaces.

Horsham College, $35,000
Horsham College and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image will work with Year 9 and 10 students to create animations using open source Toonz animation software. The project will be delivered via a range of ACMI visits to the school, student camp visits to Melbourne and video conferencing. Students will have direct access to professional animation industry creatives, enabling them to see how their animation knowledge and skills can be used across diverse creative industry sectors.

Woodford Primary School, $15,000
Writer and digital artist Olivia Guntarik will work with students to research and explore the histories and stories of Woodford. The group will engage with the local community and will collect photographs, videos and old images and turn them into digital stories and an interactive touring app that will bring local history to life.  Olivia will work with the students both in the school and via online conferencing.