Student art work – real world learning

One of my students from last year, Shannon, had the opportunity to do a logo for Koorie Cycling. Shannon’s passion was Aboriginal art so it was a perfect fit for him to match his passion with some real work in the community.

Normally Shannon would do his art by hand; with pen or brush, but in this instance he needed to do it digitally. Since he was being mentored by an art teacher at GOTAFE he sought out a mate he knew who was doing a graphic design course (at GOTAFE) and learning digital design. Shannon learnt enough of the skills to then design the logo digitally.

This experience was so successful that Shannon is now enrolled in a Certificate of Graphic Design at GOTAFE (Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE) and has just completed his first year.

This is what the Big Picture model is all about. Getting the opportunity to work with adults in the community doing real work and relevant learning. This then motivates the students, encourages them to aspire for further learning and then match them to certificate courses at TAFE or graduate courses at university or work in the community.

Here is Shannon’s Koorie Cycling logo that featured in our local Shepparton News.

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