The wintery school holidays of 2012 have come to a close, and the Auckland Tautai Fresh Horizons Workshop has wrapped for this year and by all reports it looks to have been a great success. The Fresh Horizon workshops are run for high school students by Tautai who has been running them since 2001. Originally, the courses ran twice a year for one day and now they run for three days four times a year.
The Fresh Horizons workshops are not ‘art classes’ but opportunities for students to experiment, try new art related ideas and hone their talents. Tertiary institutions have come to recognise the value in hosting Tautai’s Fresh Horizons workshops and the institutions have now become regular and supporters. In July 2012 it was the Media Design School in Auckland central who took the opportunity to host the workshops. Eighteen secondary students from across Auckland embarked on a three day journey of discovery at MDS.
This particular workshop for Auckland Fresh Horizons 2012 was run slightly differently this time. It has been the practice of the Fresh Horizons workshops to engage established artists of Pacific heritage as a tutors, this way the children get to meet and learn at first hand about those artists practices. By putting known artists in as tutors, backed up by senior tertiary students as assistants, Tautai gives the secondary students visible role models – people they can relate to who are successful.
This workshop was slightly different with tutors from The Media Design School acting as tutors and taking the students through some of the more specialised equipment that is on hand at MDS. Considering that the aim is to give the students a stimulating art experience under the eye of positive, enthusiastic role models, and reinforce the value of continued education, this can be called another success.