9ArtsFest was a joyous celebration of creative education! As one of 12 pilot initiatives of Hale’s new Year 9 programme, there is no doubt that the creative learning processes of this festival unlocked character traits in our students that are essential for young men growing up in the 21st century.
The programme presented a unique opportunity for all Year 9 boys to experience an authentic and practical engagement in the Arts. They had the choice of 14 different artforms in which to work: beatboxing, creative movement, electronic music production, festival filmmaking, freestyle rap, future fashion creation, future food science, giant puppetry, Indigenous art, junk art sculpture, photography, samba band, sound maze, songwriting and street art. Students worked with professional artists in teams to learn the skills and processes in creating within the artform.
The boys were genuinely interested in their own and each other’s work. They learnt skills to allow their imagination and ideas to come to life. They were proud of the work they produced. They showed great appreciation for a variety of artforms. Most of all, they had some serious fun!