04 March 2016

Cottesloe creates sculpture adventure for 20,000 kids

As Cottesloe beach transforms into an exciting sculptural mecca during the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, the 12th Alcoa Schools Education Program will this year welcome its 20,000th school student to the popular event.

Alcoa is proud to be a founding partner of Sculpture by Sea, Cottesloe

The Alcoa sponsored program is providing Western Australian schools students the opportunity to attend hands-on sculpture workshops during which they explore the exhibition, talk first-hand with artists and create their own masterpieces.
David Handley, Sculpture by the Sea Foundation Director said, “Alcoa has been a wonderful long-term partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since the very first exhibition in 2005.  We look forward to welcoming more than 2,500 schools students and their teachers to the Alcoa Schools Education Program this year, who will benefit from a unique insight to the exhibition.”
Three hundred students and their teachers from schools around Alcoa’s operations, including Pinjarra, Waroona, Dwellingup and Kwinana will participate in the program as guests of Alcoa.
The Alcoa Schools Education Program includes on-line resources for teachers interested in taking their students to the exhibition themselves. Resources include information on self-guided tours, the venue, safety, exhibiting artists and their artworks and an introduction to sculpture. These are available for download at http://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/education/education-resources/
Michael Parker, Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, said the company was proud of its 12-year partnership to enhance education and community access to one of the most popular and exciting art events on the WA calendar.
"I congratulate David Handley, his team and all the artists on yet another breath-taking exhibition – this is a brilliant event for the whole community to enjoy,” Mr Parker said.
“I also congratulate artists Ron Gomboc, Aliesha Mafrici and Benjamin Storch for showcasing the diverse and creative uses of aluminium through their stunning sculptures.”
Since 2005, Alcoa has supported more than 50 sculptors that chose to use aluminium in their artworks. This support substantially reduces the artists’ material costs and can enable the creation of larger aluminium sculptures.
Sculpture by the Sea Alcoa School Education Program Overview
The Alcoa School Education Program aims to provide both students and teachers with an informative, stimulating and multi-sensory out of classroom experience that will enhance the learning potential for students visiting the exhibition on excursion.
By developing the programs and resources in accordance with the Western Australian Curriculum Framework, the aim is to encourage both teachers and school students of all ages to expand their essential skills, knowledge and appreciation of sculpture as a visual art form.
The program incorporates four elements:
Practical Sculpture Workshops
This year, 38 Sculpture Workshops will be held in the education marquee next to the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club during the exhibition, led by exhibiting artists, with more than 900  school children from K-12 participating from 4-18  March. The program series of workshops will be delivered with the support of Sculpture by the Sea artists, Education staff and volunteers.
Focus Tours
In addition to the Workshops, exhibition Focus Tours are offered to both primary and secondary groups, providing an opportunity for students and teachers to explore the exhibition with a Sculpture by the Sea Educator, engage with the artworks and interact with the site.
Artist Spotlight Talks
The Artist Spotlight Talks present secondary students with a rare opportunity to meet the artists and their artworks onsite to discuss ideas, practice and creative processes.
Teachers' Professional Development Events
Teachers get involved in the Alcoa School Education Program through a series of professional development events at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. The Teachers' Preview and Teachers' Workshop both present a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists, learn about their creative processes and practice, and network with colleagues.
Sculpture by the Sea is the only Australian organisation offering visual arts education resources specifically focused on sculpture. The Education Kit is available online for free download and includes information on exhibiting artists and their works, discussion points and art-making activities. It also provides a case study on the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. The Education Kit can be used by schools or visitors to the exhibition.
It can be downloaded at: http://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/education/education-resources/
For more information about Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and the Alcoa Education Program please visit: http://sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/
Media contacts
Jane McGuire – 0410 694 676 / jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au
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