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Parkville Campus, University of Melbourne
Opening celebration from 3:30-5:30pm, Friday 5 May
for information on artworks and locations see the TESTING SITES wayfinder.

Five selected students from the School of Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts will present site-specific artworks throughout the University of Melbourne Parkville campus throughout the month of May.

They will be mentored by Melbourne based artist Kay Abude over a period of six weeks, investigating, experimenting, and producing a public artwork that tests ideas in response to the grounds, gardens and architecture of the Parkville campus.

Students participating in TESTING SITES include Joshua Edward, Olivia Guardiani, Jessie McClure, Sean McDowell and Yuval Rosinger.

Kay is a practicing artist and alumnus from the School of Sculpture and Spatial Practice Department at the VCA.  Testing Sites is a collaboration between Arts Programs (UMSU) at the University of Melbourne Student Union and the Victorian College of the Arts.



17- 21 July

WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CHOREOGRAPHY takes the idea of choreography as a tool that can be used in many different disciplines, from mathematics to design.  Over five action-packed days students will work with choreographer Shelley Lasica to explore, experiment and unpack ideas.  Looking at choreography in the expanded field, they will participate in a range of activities including led physical sessions, group discussions, developing choreographic propositions, reading and writing.

The studio will be held  in the George Paton Gallery from July 17 – July 21, 10am-5pm daily.

Students from all faculties at the University of Melbourne are strongly encouraged to apply!  To participate, please email:
–  some information about yourself
– a paragraph outlining your interest in participating, and understanding of choreography at this point in time

Please email your expression of interest to gpg@union.unimelb.edu.au by Friday 28 April.  For more information call 8344 5418.

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Wednesdays 12-2pm
Until 3 May

1 March: ‘Drawing Round’
Location: Burnley Campus
Two collaborative, fun, drawing activities for a group of up to 30 (!)

8 March: ‘Focus Narrows, Opens’
As a way to enhance confidence and expand attention, students make a series of drawings with increased focus on a particular aspect of the subject.

15 March: ‘Gymnosperm Walk’
A walk around campus stopping to draw the numerous examples of gymnosperms on campus. The class introduces approaches to drawing outdoors, with speed, gesture and spontaneity

22 March: ‘System Garden’
Working outdoors again but spending longer in front of subjects. Students make drawings of individual plants and also learn how to draw landscapes/scenery through an understanding of linear and aerial perspective.

29 March: ‘Colour Clarified’
A systematic ‘de-construction’ of colour theory to enable students to confidently select and mix any colour they need.

 5 April: ‘Drawing Apparatus’
An introduction to a range of tools to enhance and extend vision and drawing, such as microscopes, magnifying glasses, camera lucida, glass lattices and frames.

12 April: ‘Other’s Inspiration’
Understand how and what to copy from other artists in order to learn, pay tribute, quote, reference etc.  Thinking about inspiration itself and its importance for artists.

 26 April: ‘Is Plant, As Plant’
If observational drawing of plants is a variety of mimetic art how can a drawing address (i.e. copy) what a plant is or does as much as what it looks like?

 3 May: ‘Exhibition’
Work together to select and create drawings for an exhibition in the George Paton Gallery Project Spaces, on display until the end of semester.

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