Here, There and Everywhere: An International Virtual Studio Project
This presentation introduces a web-based collaborative learning and creativity project based at art school campuses on opposite sides of the world. It discusses the implications and possibilities of virtual learning technologies working with studio practice in art education for lecturers, students and institutions. It demonstrates that sound pedagogical principles are maintained and at times enhanced and suggests such art-based projects may be a model for other learning areas. The International Virtual Studio Project is a global collaborative project between undergraduate sculpture students from RMIT University School of Art Sculpture, Melbourne, Australia and Chelsea School of Art Sculpture, London, UK. The project involves the installation by students of actual work at twin sites in Melbourne and London and virtually on the internet where a URL site frames and broadcasts real-time webcam activites as a unified outcome. This paper discusses how such collaborative creative activity between spatialy disparate student groups using new technologies encourages learning through self-reflexivity and expands the notion of a global arts community. The project is described across two iterations (2005 & 2006). Particpants, technologies, methods and contexts are outlined, creative and artistic outcomes are illustrated and interpreted. A pedagogical model is sketched (both specific to art education and more generally) based upon cognitive models of collaborative learning. The bringing together of art, international students and a global audience in real time is illustrated with examples from the project.
Keywords: International Collaboration, Virtual Sculpture Studio, Cognitive Learning and Art Students
Lecturer, Sculpture & MFA Program, School of Art, RMIT University
Lecturer Sculpture and Art in Public Space, School of Art, RMIT University