Bundanon

This theme focuses on being in specific locations at Bundanon, responding to diversity in ecologies, plant communities and landforms. Personal responses to place encourage connection to broader ecological thinking. There are two options within this theme for day or short residential visits Ecologies of Place and In the Field.

Biophilia: Ecologies of Place

Participants will be introduced to Bundanon’s diverse species and plant communities. It is a place of changing ecologies, from First Nations care of Country, through to colonial disruption and contemporary rehabilitation and regeneration. Participants understand what an ecology is and their significance and connection to the world around us.

Two-night program includes:

9 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Looking at Landscape
  • Place as Action
  • Microscapes
  • Mosaic Landscape

All art materials for each of the above activities.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Day one activities take place at the homestead site.

Time for students to connect and undertake continuous learning.

Learning in spaces designed to connect with the natural world.

Contemporary accommodation with linen and towel provided.

Healthy and fresh onsite catering from afternoon tea on day one through to lunch on day three

Two nights provides opportunities to undertake:

  • Bundanon’s optional extension activities, see below.
  • Time for a deep dive into your own constructed learning experience.
  • An exploration of the Art Museum.

Or to book an additional learning activity for an extra cost, such as:

  • An exploration of the Collection, visiting the viewing area in the new collections store.
  • Story and String with Aunty Julie Freeman, Wreck Bay Community Traditional Custodian.
  • Life drawing
  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Wayapa®) workshop with Jaz Corr.

Read more about our additional learning activities.

Cost from $400 per person

One-night program includes:

6 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Looking at Landscape
  • Place as Action
  • Mosaic Landscape

All art materials for each of the above activities.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Day one activities take place at the homestead site.

Time for students to connect and undertake continuous learning.

Learning in spaces designed to connect with the natural world.

Contemporary accommodation with linen and towel provided.

Healthy and fresh onsite catering from afternoon tea on day one through to lunch on day two

One night provides opportunities to undertake:

  • Bundanon’s optional extension activities, see below.
  • An exploration of the Art Museum.

Or book an additional learning activity for an extra cost, such as:

  • An exploration of the Collection, visiting the viewing area in the new collections store.
  • Story and String with Aunty Julie Freeman, Wreck Bay Community Traditional Custodian.
  • Life drawing
  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Wayapa®) workshop with Jaz Corr.

Read more about our additional learning activities.

Cost from $210 per person

Day visit program includes:

3 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Looking at Landscape
  • Place as Action

All art materials for each of the above activities.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Activities take place at the Homestead site.

Time for students to connect and undertake a day of continuous learning.

Cost from $25 per person  

Activities for Biophilia: Ecologies of Place

Looking at Landscape (1 hour)

Participants will explore artworks from the Collection that examine diversity of landscape, including First Nations approaches and site-specific reconstructions of landscapes, including Treelines Track by Janet Laurence.

Place as Action (2 hours)

Participants are introduced to threatened ecological communities at Bundanon and ongoing care of country. Participants discuss art as a social act and plant tube stock at the bush regeneration site. Before planting, participants make a series of detailed pen drawings of the tube stock.

Microscapes (3 hours)

Participants explore areas of intersection between the built, natural and endemic environments to focus on the minuscule and micro. Participants zoom in to microstructures in leaves, flowers, grasses and other found objects around the landscape and discuss the ecologies, understanding the difference between introduced and native plant species. An assemblage of natural objects forms a starting point for a detailed pencil and pen drawing and gouache painting.

Mosaic Landscape (3 hours)

Participants immerse themselves in the rainforest and bushland around the creek and observe the environment, recording aural and visual responses. Through exploration of the creek, participants learn about the Stuttering Frog project and the importance of amphibians to ecology. Development of an artwork occurs through linked and overlapped detailed pen drawings, using a range of viewpoints. This activity includes various drawing techniques as well as experimentation with mixed media collage, incorporating textural rubbings together with ink and wash.

Extension activities for Ecologies of Place

Designed to deepen the exploration into the theme and completed in the groups own time.

Place as Action: group discussion ‘are we stealing the natural world from the next generation by attempting to restore the native landscape or do we need to rethink what nature could be?’

Ecologies of Place: participants find a place for contemplation and spend some quiet time reflecting. Participants contemplate why they selected this place. Participants use all their senses to connect to the place. Sketches, writing and recordings will document the experience.

Microscapes: participants make colour photocopies of the assemblages from Microscapes. These are used to create a new collage work. Participants are encouraged to share their photocopies with other participants.

Biophilia: In the Field  

Working outside is a creative act, performative, an event. Participants explore the reasons why artists go outside to work. Throughout each activity in this program participants are challenged to think about making as a whole-body action. They consider the action of being outside to create work that captures a moment and responds to site. At the end of each activity participants will share their experience of being outside and how they may have had to adjust their approach to making.

Two-night program includes:

9 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Beginnings
  • Visual Effects
  • Layered Landscape
  • Landscape Painting

All art materials for each of the above activities.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Day one activities take place at the homestead site.

Time for students to connect and undertake continuous learning.

Learning in spaces designed to connect with the natural world.

Contemporary accommodation with linen and towel provided.

Healthy and fresh onsite catering from afternoon tea on day one through to lunch on day three

Two nights provides opportunities to undertake:

  • Bundanon’s optional extension activities, see below.
  • Time for a deep dive into your own constructed learning experience.
  • An exploration of the Art Museum.

Or book an additional learning activity for an extra cost, such as:

  • An exploration of the Bundanon Collection, visiting the viewing area in the new collections store.
  • Story and String with Aunty Julie Freeman, Wreck Bay Community Traditional Custodian.
  • Life drawing
  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Wayapa®) workshop with Jaz Corr.

Read more about our additional learning activities.

Cost from $400 per person

One-night program includes:

6 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Beginnings
  • Visual Effects
  • Landscape Painting

All art materials for each of the above activities.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Day one activities take place at the homestead site.

Time for students to connect and undertake continuous learning.

Learning in spaces designed to connect with the natural world.

Contemporary accommodation with linen and towel provided.

Healthy and fresh onsite catering from afternoon tea on day one through to lunch on day two

One night provides opportunities to undertake:

  • Bundanon’s optional extension activities, see below.
  • An exploration of the Art Museum.

Or book an additional learning activity for an extra cost, such as:

  • An exploration of the Bundanon Collection, visiting the viewing area in the new collections store.
  • Story and String with Aunty Julie Freeman, Wreck Bay Community Traditional Custodian.
  • Life drawing
  • Wayapa Wuurrk (Wayapa®) workshop with Jaz Corr.

Read more about our additional learning activities.

Cost from $210 per person

Day visit program includes:

3 hours of connected learning activities led by Bundanon’s specialist team:

  • Beginnings
  • Visual Effects

All art materials for each of the above activities.

Activities take place at the homestead site.

All activities tailored to the stage required.

Time for students to connect and undertake a day of continuous learning.

Cost from $25 per person

Activities for Biophilia: In the Field

Beginnings (1.5 hours)

Participants explore First Nations approaches to creating work outside, followed by a walk through the Homestead to engage with works by the Boyd family. If available, an Artist in Residence will speak about the influences of being outside and at Bundanon on their current art practice.

Visual Effects (1.5 hours)

Exploring the Shoalhaven River, using ink and wash techniques, with drawing tools sourced from the environment, participants develop confidence in expressive drawing. Line, movement, texture and tone are a focus.

Layered Landscape (3 hours)

The bushland is the focal point for this landscape composition, focussing on additive and subtractive drawing and mark-making techniques. Using an experimental layered approach, tonal and textural responses to the landscape are developed. Subsequent layers of compressed charcoal and soft pastel refine the structures with texture and contrast.

Landscape Painting (3 hours)

River and bushland views are the inspiration for an acrylic landscape painting. Participants develop a personal approach to landscape painting, developing skills in colour mixing and limited palettes, while considering the act of painting outdoors. Participants explore ways of recording this experience of the landscape through movement, sound, film and other artforms.

Extension activities for Biophilia: In the Field

Designed to deepen the exploration into the theme and completed in the groups own time.

Visual Effects: Make your own drawing tools from found objects in the landscape (sticks, leaves twigs etc) and continue to explore ink techniques by creating a new image of the river view.

Landscape Painting: Working in groups of four, participants create a collaborative performance work, that expresses the way the body moved while taking part in Landscape Painting. Bundanon will provide further details about the process during the residential visit.

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Bundanon acknowledges the Wodi Wodi and the Yuin, of the South Coast region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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