Welcome to the Scarborough Artbook website.
Please take your time to peruse the beautiful artwork on the artist pages within.
The ability to think creatively is crucial for all of us moving into the future and it is our hope that the children of our area are well equipped with this skill. We hold this in our vision as we fundraise to support them.
To this end we have printed a fine art catalogue, The Scarborough Artbook,“Between the Mountains and the Sea”, that showcases our local artists and partners with this website to enhance the browsing and purchasing of their artworks. Thanks to the generosity of our artists a 25 per cent commission on all artworks purchased will go to the school.
So much work has gone into making this vision a reality and it is our great hope that we are successful in funding our Art Literacy program once again next year for the children of Scarborough Public School.
A huge thank you to all the artists and book crew who have contributed their wonderful skills and talents to this project.
May 2022 Update:
The 2021 Artbook is now closed for website orders. However, if you are interested in any of the work printed in the book, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you ASAP.
A message from our Principal
"The cancellation of our annual Scarborough Art Show for two consecutive years has had a significant impact on our community. This is the event that brings us all together in celebration of our love for art and creativity. It is also an essential fundraiser that has been instrumental in sustaining the innovative learning we value so much and providing a range of invaluable resources. Funds raised each year have contributed to the establishment and partial funding of our Art Literacy program, which is run by local artist and university lecturer Gabrielle Adamik. This excellent program has inspired our students to take risks with their learning and to embrace a world where the process of investigating, discussing and making is seen as more valuable than the final products themselves. The exposure to a broad range of vocabulary and language through a creative program of this nature develops the capacity of our students to communicate across all curriculum areas. Funds raised also provide for additional learning support for our students, air-conditioning in all learning areas as well as new digital devices to support student learning.
This art catalogue is a response to these recent challenges and is an innovative way for us to reconnect with our local community, albeit in a very different way. It enables us to celebrate the learning of our students and the incredible artistic talent in the Illawarra. I encourage you to purchase a copy for yourself (if you haven’t already!) and buy a few for your friends and family as gifts."
Principal, Scarborough Public School
Our Art Literacy Program
In a progressive society we need to encourage our kids to think about big ideas, to nurture their imagination and creativity, inspire problem solving and critical thinking. Creativity arises out of our ability to see things differently; to imagine things differently. I am interested in encouraging students to value and develop confidence in their unique way of seeing the world.
Together we have created an environment where there is a willingness to experiment and take risks, following a path just for the enjoyment of seeing where it may go.
Sometimes we are learning to slow down and use all of our senses to experience the world. We listen and touch, we try to slow down our eye when looking at something, taking time to notice details. When we look at artworks we are learning to take our time before responding, allowing our thoughts to thicken and develop, to use new words to describe our experiences, building a language around art making.
Other times we are revelling in the visceral squish of clay between our fingers, of dripping paint, blowing ink. We are banging our pencils on the desks to create a symphony of pattering rain. We are learning how materials transform - glass when it is heated, and cyanotypes as they are exposed by the sun. We notice how, if we move our bodies differently, we make different kinds of marks on the page, and if we add in music we have a dance party.
Really what we do is PLAY... and it has been my privilege to play alongside these kids and to celebrate and value their creations and their unique observations of the world around them.
Art Literacy Facilitator, Scarborough Public School