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In 2011 Beyond the Square's Creative Director Alison Richardson and filmmaker Tim Baines led 16 workshops in filmmaking at the Les Powell School in Mt Pritchard. All 60 students across the school had the experience of using the video camera and sound equipment with 14 students selected to shoot & create the final three short films.


We’ve seen a different side of the students that we haven’t seen before, they are really focussed and what we like about the program is the ability to go back and reflect on it and have a look themselves.  It’s something we explore and have noticed with the students and we are really pleased with the outcome.
Sargon Makko, Principal, Les Powell School

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The workshops were all based on the theme of ‘Water’ and activities included submerging cameras in the hydrotherapy pool, fishing for plastic fish in wading pools, creating underwater seascapes in fish tanks, drawing chalk drawings of ocean animals and experimenting with added things like ink and Berocca to water to see what effect it creates.

Sound designer Peter Kennard composed sound tracks for the films based on sound collected from the students throughout the project. Inflatable artist Marty Jay designed and constructed an inflatable ‘grotto’ inside which the films were projected.

The final result was an immersive, sensorial experience for all the students, teachers and parents that entered inside the grotto on their final assembly day of the school year.

The Blue Grotto project was made possible through ArtsNSW ConnectED Artists in Residence program.

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