So last week I had the pleasure of being invited to a ‘teachers tea’ at AFDA the The African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance. It was attended by an array of teachers from different schools around KZN.
The Durban campus (in Durban Norh) only opened in 2013. We had a talk from the Dean of the campus Gianfranco Human, where he explained what was on offer at the campus and then we had one of the founders Garth Holmes, whose statement “People create industries, industries don’t create people” had real resonance with me (It was a quote from Steve Jobs) talk about the Creative Arts in South Africa and more especially that in Durban.
(These are photos of the student ‘library’ and study area)
In the arts (in High School Education) it often seems that we are last on the list, even though we often need to be first on budget lists. The industry as aptly put by Mr Holmes is one of the fastest growing and the need for ‘creatives' is continuing to soar. Often parents don't want their children to do art as it is still seen as an 'easy' option. Little do they know about the hours of work spent on practical assignments, the studying of Art theory, along with the need for a constant supply of materials which can change as the students find their own niche.
So I was glad that our principal came along and saw the passion and saw the statistics. Hopefully enlightening and enticing her to see our department with more potential.
I also managed to liaise with the Dean and perhaps we can set up a program where our video, film and animation students can get feedback, direction and help from AFDA. Exciting times.
Go check them out at http://www.afda.co.za
It also reminded me how much I miss teaching further education - such a vibrant atmosphere. But I know, I know that the grass is not always greener.
(photos: by me)
When things come to a close, change or just end, it always causes a yearning and an ache for when things were working out and going just swimmingly. A wondering on what, where and why, with a little guilt and remorse thrown in. They are never easy, especially when your hope for a different outcome had seemed so achievable…
Instead of having a massive pity party I will take this piece of advice from Kid President for a little while…
Its the weekend, so it’s off to find adventures and lucky me I’ll be getting some time out in the bush. Camp Vibes here I come.
Hope everyone out there finds some adventure this weekend!
See you all next week (fingers crossed keeping up with more posts)
Sometimes we can get so caught up in wishing we were somewhere else, anywhere else in fact that we miss what’s right in front of us.
Before the chaos of the last 5 weeks, I was pretty good at the art of ‘finding joy in the everyday’, but getting bogged down allowed those niggles of negativity to weave there way into my psyche. Once realised I started remembering the ways to joy and one of those (for me at least) is to get outside and have what I call "mini adventures".
So I googled local natural parks and conservancies and took myself and my beau out for an afternoon. Picnics are the best when they are impromptu and out in the wilderness. It was a success and last week and this week have picked up more positive vibes, which I feel are due to getting out there and doing it.
(images: taken by joubert101)
I do love a good time lapse video
The grade 10’s are in the middle of a digital project. We’ve got them to create digital collages under the theme MESSAGES before we have a look at integrating drawing and the computer with some digital illustration.
These are some starting point / inspiration images I found for them while browsing the awesome-ness that is pinterest (I am definitely an addict).
Again I fell into the black hole that is my teaching day job… round (ahem, lets just bypass the number of times I’ve tried to be consistent with my posts).
After Kilimanjaro and the blitz trip to Oz, School started with a bang!
I have kept up to date with Instagram, but even that’s slacked off with all the ongoings of school and life.
Lots of coffee and sweets to stay focused (detrimental for the waistline!)
The great news is I’m coming out the other side and will be attempting at creating more structure which should include more time for my personal endeavours both artistically, in living a full life outside of my work environment - whoa!