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from the senior school (cont'd) we retain the capacity to attract and keep such young men as coaches. To be able to empathise with either a debater about to represent the College in a significant grand-final in front of a packed house, or a young chap about to speak for the first time in front of a small but loyal group of parents is an exceptional skill – the right word at the last minute can have the most exceptional of impacts. Our current band of coaches has these skills and it is to them that we owe thanks and a sincere request to maintain their commitment. The coaches’ experience has led to the second factor relevant to the Squad’s well-being. Debating can be a somewhat aggressive process by virtue of its adversarial nature. Confident and competitive speakers encouraged to win at all costs can construct a somewhat alienating and uninviting atmosphere that works against newcomers and the ensuing fostering and development of potential. In Year 10 Visual Art students at the Brett Whiteley Studio. recent years our coaches have specifically worked against where given the chance to see Brett Whiteley’s studio space this. What I have seen them construct is an exceptionally which included his last work, large collection of art books positive and welcoming learning environment that is and various quotes from other artists written on the walls. both challenging and supportive. The most inexperienced The second section, on the male form, included different and often awkward of speakers have sensed a safety in techniques to the first. We were instructed to draw more workshops that has enabled them to take risks confidently expressively and to use the materials that were given to us, and be supported in the resulting processes. This, I believe, such as the boot polish which allowed us to achieve a much has been the key to our successes as it has swelled both more expressive approach to life drawing. the numbers of debaters and their commitment. The boys look forward to workshops and feedback sessions knowing This excursion was a memorable experience and has that they will find support and real learning opportunities. left us with a greater knowledge of documenting the human It is this climate that I am pleased to have witnessed the figure. It has also allowed us to draw inspiration from Brett construction and maintenance of, and it is our coaches to Whiteley’s life and his constant change of artistic style. whom I am grateful to for this. Hugh O’Donnell (Year 10) young boys such a supportive and constructive experience Afound themselves in the ‘arty’ suburb of Surry Hillsfter an orderly roll call and bus trip, thirty AloysiansFor the College to be able to continue to offer our of debating, it is imperative that we are able to keep the in search of The Brett Whiteley Studio. A seemingly coaches that we have and attract future coaches with such abandoned warehouse, it was concealed behind various strengths. They are vital to our future and we are indeed side streets and alley ways – all of which were seamlessly privileged to have them. navigated by our teachers, clearly experienced in the Mr Mark Norton finding of the studio. Debating Master Then suddenly the hour had come, we were ushered inside, awkwardly chatting as we glimpsed two individuals, Life Drawing at The Brett Whiteley apparently our life models, sitting in the corner. After a Studio into nude portraiture. The awkwardness associated withquick organisation of groups, all of us were thrust straight Tdrawing and it also gave us the chance to gain rather on the general shape and ‘feel’ of a human figure.multiple teenagers and naked individuals soon evaporatedas all were engulfed by the art, focusing not on detail, buthe Brett Whiteley Studio excursion was a uniqueopportunity to experience a different approach to insight into Brett Whiteley's many different approaches to To this end, an instructor’s obsession with drawing with art making. The studio showcased works from throughout our undoubtedly incompetent and uncontrolled left hand; Brett Whiteley’s life, including one work from when he was this insured all our artworks very focused on the shape sixteen years of age showing the natural talent of one of and flow of the individual rather than the fabled ‘soccer Australia’s greatest artists. ball on a stick’, which our instructor described pedestrian, Our time was split into two sections the first aiming to unsophisticated portraiture as being. educate us on drawing the female form in a more traditional As if in an attempt to crush any of my desires to have way. We were instructed to complete a number of quick a sketch that resembled an individual, we were forbidden sketches overlapping each other, we then had ten minutes from drawing a head. Yet again we were thrust into the to draw one sketch filling in the detail. While upstairs we unknown, now thrice in five minutes, yet the final results St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 44


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