Year 10 students from St Andrews School are artistically inspired by “flotsam and jetsam”

Friday, 08 April 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 14 By  Kim Morris, Visual Arts Teacher, St Andrews International School

The definition of “flotsam and jetsam” is usually floating refuse, debris or discarded odds and ends. Others of you may know “Flotsam” as a picture book by David Wiesner. If you have not seen this wonderful book then it is worth looking at - it is visually stunning!  Inspired by ‘Flotsam,” the book, our year 10 Art group took to Namrin Beach to see what discarded items were to be found.

Amongst a wonderful array of shells, bones, pebbles, barnacles, wood and other natural objects, there were half a dozen flip flops, glass bottles, toothpaste tubes, light bulbs, old rope, fishing flies, plastic figurines (one of the seven dwarves!) and moulds for building sand castles in the form of a seahorse.

Students will go on to use the objects within a mixed media drawing much like the one in this picture. This drawing will form the basis for other works in print and painting.Students will go on to use the objects within a mixed media drawing much like the one in this picture. This drawing will form the basis for other works in print and painting.

Students also looked at the land artist, Andy Goldsworthy. His art work is all derived from natural forms and patterns and uses only natural materials and tools. His artwork is determined by the weather on the day and what is available on the ground. He will only use what is to be found. His work is transient, that is, it does not last. It decays, melts, is washed away or fades over time.

A student returns with a basket of flotsam.A student returns with a basket of flotsam.

Students were asked to create a Goldsworthy-esque piece of land art. Nina, Jaena, Erica and Laila devised a giant necklace made of dead leaves and shells.Students were asked to create a Goldsworthy-esque piece of land art. Nina, Jaena, Erica and Laila devised a giant necklace made of dead leaves and shells.

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