On Tuesday 2 March our year 10, 11 and 12s participated in a workshop with Brisbane artist Sophie Munns. Sophie has over 40 years' experience as a practising artist carving a career dedicated to seeds.
Munns has been artist in residence at seedbanks across Australia and in 2011 she conducted a Research Trip and KEW Millennium Seedbank Residency in West Sussex with the support of the Australian Cultural Foundation and kind Donors.
Sophie has also worked for many years with Queensland school children sharing her art-making approach and a world of knowledge of seeds.
The workshop our students participated in was a frenzy of creativity where students created multiple artworks in just one day. Munns bought thousands of seed pods for reference and students collected interesting mark-making tools from the campus grounds (sticks, leaves, rocks, bark, and feathers) which they used in diverse ways of drawing and seeing.
Munns spoke about ways of looking and recording visual artefacts using the phone cameras, building a creative practise and the importance of creative journaling.
Our students went home after a full and fruitful day with a toolbox of approaches to creative practise.