Spinning a Yarn

This year, Kinross Wolaroi was pleased to be one of 40 schools chosen to participate in the 2018 Archibull Art Competition. The experience for KWS has been enlightening, creative and most of all a fun way for students to learn more about this year’s showcase industry of Wool.

The project has been undertaken predominately by Year 8 Art students but what resulted for KWS was far more than just an art project, it evolved to become a cross-curricular affair.

Using Archibull as the canvas, students came up with the idea to showcase the paddock to catwalk process in the wool industry, a concept that gave students the opportunity to research and investigate the wool industry in many subjects. They named their piece ‘Spinning A Yarn’ in recognition of the story they hoped to tell through their artwork.

Students learnt about climate change in Geography, food security and biosecurity in Science, healthy communities in PDHPE classes and the whole process was blogged about during English classes.

Archibull Young Farming Champions, Peta Bradley and Caitlin Heppner visited students and asked them to consider how wool can be used in everyday modern materials as well as casting their minds back to wool’s proud history in Australia.

The culmination of their learnings and handmade or repurposed creations were projected on the life-sized fibreglass Archibull.

“He stood on wooden slats from a shearing shed, which is also featured behind the Bull also along with wool bales and shears. There was a spinning wheel on top on of the Bull and in front of him manequins are seen walking down a woollen felt catwalk adorned in clothes made of various woollen fabrics. One side of the Bull featured Tom Roberts famous ‘Shearing of the Rams’ and there were other decorations on the Bull such as woollen pom poms and he also wore an Ugg Boot”

The students were very excited to hear that they had won the Enterprise Skills Award at the final judging ceremony at the Sydney Showground. Our ‘Archie’ will now feature at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

Visit their blog to learn more: https://kwsarchibull2018.weebly.com

Hear from the teachers about the Archibull prize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYyy6VxwrK8&feature=youtu.be

Watch their wool industry animation below:

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