invited me to her 3D Room to have a chat. It's a magical place to visit but,
yikes, surveying the scenery it seemed to me that this could be the most
dangerous room in the school!
Robyn runs a very tight ship. Whilst she's very keen to offer every student
their own adventure in art she insists they must first learn about the Occupational
Health and Safety issues in this area (actually learning to handle these tools
and materials safely is a lesson for life). Her students are asked to agree to a
'safety contract' and Year 9 Co-ordinator, Jason Reynolds, reinforces to
students the serious nature of these contracts. There may be plenty of rules
and regulations here but Robyn's classes are run on respect for any potential
hazards coupled with a mutual trust across the class.
room is just the place for students' artistic, mystical, mystery tour of
discovery and Robyn is just the person to be their tour guide!
blood runs in Robyn's veins. She lives and breathes art. Her
parents were both art teachers and were creative and talented people who had a
profound influence on her choice of career.
describes herself as a "practising artist". If someone wrote her life
story Robyn would choose the title: "A Journey of Creativity".
Coincidentally she thinks that's a pretty good description of the experiences
she offers her students.
obtaining a Degree in Fine Art, Robyn worked in industry as a printmaker for
one year and then trained as a teacher in the technical system. In those days
the training required the student teacher to be in classrooms two days per week
to experience first-hand 'on-the-job' learning.
teaching job specialising in printmaking and photography was at Mitcham
Technical School offering students metal work and sculpting.
commenced teaching at McKinnon Secondary College in 1994. She's a local
resident and her son and daughter were students at McKinnon Secondary College
so she's been very involved in the community. Her house is close to the school.
In fact if the wind is blowing in the right direction, you can hear the school
bell ringing from her front door!
enthusiasm for the creative arts is infectious. Her eyes light up with pride as
she shows me around her 3D room, pointing out the many individual creative
objects her students are completing with her guidance and care. Students from
all year levels attend her classes.
at the entire world through an artistic lens - whether it's during an overseas
holiday, a walk along the beach or just hanging out in her own neighbourhood.
There's a potential art venture around every corner of Robyn's world and she's
keen to share these with her junior artists.
been the school photographer and for 18 years worked on the school magazine.
It's no surprise that her hobbies away from school include creative pursuits
like cooking and photography. She also loves to travel in Australia and
overseas. I imagine visiting the galleries in Italy and New York, would have
been a smorgasbord of amazing art for Robyn.
regards everyone in her classroom as an "individual artist". Although
they may be reluctant participants initially, Robyn believes