School: Canowindra High School
Commodity: Beef and Lamb
What years and classes were involved?
The cow has been designed by the Year 8 and 10 art classes, Hannah, Julia, Tanecia and Becky from year 10, were our residency artistic for the cow painting. Year 10, Meg, Sitha, Tammy, Madison and Thabiso were our artists for the feed trough. Year 9, Sophie, Ciaren and Amy where responsive for the wheel designs and painting, whist Becky did the history timeline on the rails. The Year 9 Agriculture class consisting of Jo, Adelaide, Brooke, Amelia and Garen made the paper mache meat cuts painted them. A huge effort by Thabiso of year 10 for being a blogger I.T guru
Subject/Classes: Year 8 art, Year 9 Art, Photography and Agriculture and Wood work, Year 10 Agriculture, Art, I.T
Our theme was simplistic and realistic showcase of all products of all the products we use every day from the Beef and Lamb Industry, basically from Paddock to Product consumed both edible and non-edible.
“THE FEED TROUGH”
The students concept is to highlight farmers in the Canowindra District who grow Beef & Lamb do so in a Highly Efficient & Sustainable manner. The “FEED TROUGH” highlights these themes with sustainability of water & soil keeping the water table low so as to reduce the impact of Dry land Salinity.
The Biodiversity side represents the healthy ecosystems which our local farmers strive for. The “Crop Rotation” panel on the feed trough shows the importance this farming technique to ensure maintenance of good soil structure.
Firstly we held a survey for our newly arrived cow on the blog. This was also sent out in our weekly newsletter. The most popular name was “Meet Pattie” a play on words (Meeting then Eating as in a meat Pattie or a rissole
The year 9 and 10 Agricultural students decided after much discussion to dedicate half the cow to beef and the other side to lamb. The theme or concept was to showcase what happens along the journey from the farmer’s paddocks where happy, contented lambs and beef cattle live through to their sale at auction, then onto the Abattoirs and finally the Butcher shop where we buy most of our meat. This was thought to help city people understand the life cycle of our meat products from Lamb and Beef. This has been showcased in the 4 distinct panels along the cow starting at the Head through to the Tail.
‘’THE PRODUCTS CART’’
The key concept here was to highlight all the PRODUCTS we get from Beef and Lamb and stage these products in the cart which has been made from old school desks thus embracing the theme of recycling to reduce waste.
Inside the CART are large Paper Mache cuts of Beef and Lamb made by the year 9 Agriculture classes. Leather goods, Gelatine, Fertilizers, Ugg boots and many other products were also displayed in the cart. Again this is to highlight the importance of our beef and lamb industry to city people to raise awareness of all the products that come from these animals not just meat.
The WHEELS of the cart show the husbandry operations performed throughout the year. On the beef side of the cow is the beef calendar and on the lamb side of the cow is the lamb calendar. This is important information that city people may not know which could help them understand all the work a farmer does to get a “Clean Green Product’’ to their table.
Finally the RAILS of the cart give a Timeline of Sheep and Cattle from the first European Settlement to now. The raw wood has been burnt on with a soldering iron to give a rustic historical impression to suit the concept of old history.
Meet Pattie; she is a beautiful cow, unlike any other you may have seen. She heralds an industry which is important to our local community and Australia as a whole.
The creative designs for Pattie evolved from an understanding of the processes cattle and sheep take from conception through to industry.
The use of impasto medium added texture to the surfaces, in turn adding character to animals, and a sense of realism to other objects. Also the positioning of some animals created interesting views. At one angle a cow’s head appears three dimensional as it pokes its head through the fence. The Y8 painters learnt many new techniques and skills in working on this project.
Humour was used to draw audiences in. Some of the ideas used included the large eyes on cattle giving a sense of foreboding, the dog running away with the sausages and the trucks which were painted a threatening and grungy hot pink and red.
It was decided by the team to indicate cattle on one side of the cow and sheep on the other. In doing this the images were designed to look like photographs. Masking off each of the images created a strong visual effect, bounded by white borders. Each image reflects the process the animals go through and they stand alone as individual parts of the story.
The painting has included the blending of colours together with dry brushwork to add depth and texture. Layers of tonal work assist this technique.
The facial features on the cow give Pattie a personality. This includes the hair on the head of Pattie. Many young people in Canowindra identify with this as they live and work on family farms.
The wagon/cart rails clearly outline a history of both the cattle and sheep industry.
Earthy and raw tones have been used on the cart rails an indication of the land clearly outline a history of both the cattle and sheep industry. Pyrography was used to burn the text into the rails. It was then washed with a colour to give it a sense of age. It also is distinctly different than any other section presented.
Many hands participated in Pattie's development. The designs on the feed box indicate a number of significant aspects in farming. These include biodiversity, crop rotation, water table, condensation, precipitation, evaporation and transpiration. The images used here reflect each aspect and include imagery of animals, insects and plants. The delicate nature of the paintings on this box is an indication of the need for all of us to understand these aspects.
The strong logo designs on the cart clearly reflect the result of how we as humans consume products from sheep and cattle on a daily basis. The powerful designs have been laid out around the cart like the imagery we face daily through brochures, TV and shopfronts.
What makes our Archibull unique?
Our Archibull, Meet-Pattie, is unique in the fact that it duplicates the life of a cow and sheep destined for the butcher and factories in a slide show type sequence. Each four sections on both sides are a snapshot of the sheep and cow journey to its final destination the butcher and our stomachs.
Some fun and quirky images gives a little humour to such a realistically sad end for our beautiful Meet-Pattie. The dog stealing the sausages with the caption “I hate my life” and I love … are used to lighten the fate of animals.
The product cart helps all viewers both country and city folk to understand the myriad of products we derive from our beef and lamb, not just stereotypical meat, but other useful products for example within the cart we have, scarfs, Ugg boots, wool, leather belts, fertilizers, glycerol products soap and tooth paste, this is used to show the city folk the importance of our beef and lamb products as part of our lifestyle. The giant labelled paper mache cuts of lamb and beef meat are used to highlight the edible meat products.