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Australian students learn new ways to see the world


07-22-2014 00:57 BJT

Aspiring young artists from Australia are seeing the bigger picture at Sydney's flagship modern art gallery. Thanks to an Australian charity, a dozen art students are learning new ways to see the world. 

These twelve young artists from towns across New South Wales are spending their school holidays at one of Australia's most famous galleries.

They've been flown to Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art by The Smith Family, an Australian charity that helps children get the most out of education.

The trip gives participants access to new learning experiences, surrounded by some of the country's top modern art collections. And the kids are taking part in a series of artistic challenges to develop their skills.

This one is a twist on a traditional drawing class, with participants asked to draw what they see in just one minute.

"They give you a time and I never thought that if they gave you a time and you had things to draw that I would ever be able to draw it in that one minute, and then just being able to see what I could do in that timeframe, it's really good," Lucy Mccudden said.

16-year-old Zac Eggleton from Dubbo, located 400 kilometres north west of Sydney, says spending time in the metropolis is inspiring for someone from a small  town.

"My dad always says I thrive here. But yes, I love being in the city. There's so much culture and diversity and the architecture is amazing, you don't really see that walking down the main street of Dubbo," Zac Eggleton said.

Workshops like these give young, aspiring artists opportunities and experiences they wouldn't get back home.

"It's about showing them that we appreciate them as artists, and giving them an opportunity of feeling like an artist," Leonie Green said.

Following the workshop the museum, which has hosted works by international artists Anish Kapoor and Christian Marclay in recent years, will exhibit some of these students' new creations.

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