Art workshop in Sauðárkrókur

This week I was lucky enough to spend a day at the junior college school in Sauðárkrókur, running an art workshop for a group of students. During this whole week the student representative council is organising all sorts of activities that the students are not usually able to do at the school such as art classes, sea swimming (they must be crazy!), excursions to the shooting range and many more activities. For my workshop I decided that it would be nice to set up a bit of a cultural exchange between the Iceland and my home country, Australia. We worked with the themes of place and story-telling, first looking at how these operate in Indigenous Australian art, and then applying them to the landscape of Iceland and the personal, cultural and historical stories of the students. We made paintings, did some basket weaving, and to finish up the day we made some Icelandic sheep skin sculptures with the surprise sheep skins that arrived with our materials. I would like to thank the school once again for the opportunity to work with such a great group of creative people!

Claire Pendrigh

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