In Terms 2 and 3 of 2019, Gordon Mitchell joined the CJSC community to collaborate, inspire and engage with the campus.
Gordon is a local Western Australian visual artist with a background in graphic design, public art and art education. His multidisciplinary practice is currently focused on the design and creation of site responsive sculptural works in metal and wood.
Gordon embedded himself in the ArtsHouse studio each Wednesday, putting extensive hours into progressing his own practice, while being available to connect with ATAR Visual Art and General Photography students. The works he created in this period were showcased in the annual Spring Festival exhibition held in September.
On Thursdays, Gordon took his expertise into the classroom to help students develop confidence in articulating their own ideas. Working with the IEC Beginners class, Gordon and Eva designed a native botanical art project to activate the area outside the Rec Centre with a collection of colourful designs painted across tables and bins. This project focussed on embedding language and Australian culture in the process of design and creation. Gordon also delivered an engaging class to the Cert III Drawing students, focussing on portraiture and life drawing.
Additionally, and in collaboration with the Town of Bassendean, Gordon continued to share his skills with the wider local community in terms 3 and 4 by teaching life drawing workshops at ArtsHouse in the evenings and on weekends.