Final exhibition: Diaries

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Open studio this Friday

dear parents, carers & staff,
Please join us this coming Friday afternoon 26.8.11 at 2pm in the Ellipse room at Grovely primary for an open studio. I will have the interactive artwork Forest Reflections installed for informal viewing and discussion about the process of making it – as well as all the beautiful forest creatures and animations your children have been working on so very hard!!
This open studio is in preparation for our final installation at Walkabout Creek visitor centre on Saturday September 10 (which I DO hope you already have in your diaries! 🙂
Hope to see you on the 26th and again on the 10th!
Jen Seevinck

NEC M260XG purchased

I bought the video (data) projector on Monday. It is a vital part of the project as it is used to present the Forest Reflections artwork and enables us to explore aspects of interface design, i.e. it helps us to get away from the “typewriter” and “television” metaphors of interaction design and instead explore alternative interfaces and alternative interaction experiences.

Thanks again to Arts Queensland (Qld Govt) and the Australia Council for the Arts – as well as contributing to the Forest Reflections collaboration, this projector will remain with Grovely State Primary School to continue to serve the school community after our project has finished.

Teacher reflections on Plant-a-Tree day

plant a tree day logo

“As part of Planet Ark’s National School Plant-a-Tree day on Friday 29th July, 2011, our Montessori Cycle Two class invited a number of guests to celebrate this day with us including:

  • The Honourable Mr Geoff Wilson, the Member for Ferny Grove and the Health Minister of QLD;
  • Mr Kent Eisling, the Faculty Director of Services and Environment, Grovely TAFE;
  • Ms Lee Durkin, Grovely TAFE;
  • Ms Jen Seevinck, our Artist in Residence at Grovely State School;
  • Mrs Vicki Baker, the Principal of Grovely State School; and
  • Parents and community members.

A number of children were tasked with greeting our invited guests, welcoming and opening our ceremony, introducing and thanking each of our guests, thanking the P and C for their donation of our tree, assisting Mr Wilson to plant our feature tree and finally extending an invitation to enjoy some light refreshments. The event was a great success.  Thank you to those parents who: were able to provide a plate of food or were able to attend the ceremony, your support is always appreciated.

Kind regards,

Miss Katrina Mills”

Photographs of the teachers and students efforts on this day are below. Minister Geoff Wilson also discusses the event on his website.


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Life is better with Trees: This Friday!

Plant A Tree Day logoIn addition to our Artist in Residence (AIR) program, Forest Reflections, our community has decided to participate in Planet Ark’s “Plant-a-Tree-Day, National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day”, proudly sponsored by Toyota, which make up Australia’s biggest community nature protection event. Co-founded by Olivia Newton-John and Planet Ark in 1996, these days have become landmark events nationwide. Since its conception, more than 2.5 million volunteers have planted over 16 million native trees and shrubs and restored many thousands of kilometres of unique Australian landscape to enable local native plants & animals to flourish.   National Tree Day is a “call to action” to all Australians to get involved in volunteering to help protect and preserve their local environment.

Many volunteers are encouraged by the fact that Tree Day is a national event. By joining together with the rest of the country, the volunteers are able to measure the significant environmental impact of all their combined efforts across Australia. The theme for National Tree Day 2011 is “Life is Better With Trees” – a reminder of the many ways that life is really better with trees.” – Source:

At Grovely, we have chosen to hold our plant a tree day on Friday 29 July.  We registered our intention to hold a ceremony and have been advised by Planet Ark that they have arranged volunteer insurance coverage for the day.  This means that the children and staff of Grovely State School will automatically be covered but all volunteers can register on the day and be covered by this same insurance cover.  Our tree planting ceremony will be held at 11:30am.   Invited guests include Mr Geoff Wilson MP, Member for Ferny Grove and Minister for Health and Mrs Vicki Baker, Principal of Grovely State School.

As part of the day, we would like to invite the parents and carers of children in Montessori Cycle 2 classes to join us for some light refreshments after the ceremony.  We would love to share the ceremony with you and let you know about some of the amazing activities already undertaken as part of our AIR program. Please let us know if you are able to attend.  It would be greatly appreciated if a number of parents could provide a small plate of food to share.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards,
Katrina Mills and Jackie Semple

Residency starts next week!

I’m starting my residency in the Ellipse room at Grovely State School on Wednesday 20 July. How exciting! On Thursday 21st we all hope to go for a walk around the Kedron Brooke area – getting acquainted with each other and the forest habitat that the school backs on to.

I’m in residence in the Ellipse room on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, up until Friday 2 September. I’ll be working in the background or with the children or running around organising equipment and making purchases for our collaboration.

SAVE THE DATE! Final exhibition date set for 10.9.11

The culminating show at the end of our project has now been confirmed to happen on Saturday 10 September 2011! This will be at Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre on Mount Nebo Rd in The Gap. More details will follow, but essentially the show will include an installation of the interactive art work “Forest Reflections” and the children’s visual diaries.

This embodies our project’s philosophy of ‘beginning in the forest and ending in the forest’

Introduction from the Artist

Hi, I’m Jen Seevinck, an artist and researcher. I’m very excited because I’m about to start an Artist in Residency project with the lovely staff and students of Grovely State School!! Yes, I just learned that the art project I proposed to Arts Queensland back in April – with the fabulous input and support of Grovely staff Jackie Semple, Katrina Mills, Vicki Baker – was successful! Arts Queensland are funding a residency and collaborative project between myself, the two teachers and their 47 students. I will be “in residence” for about 2 months during the next school term. That is, I’ll be working in the background and also interacting with the kids to create “Forest Reflections”: a series of 2 interactive art systems and a bunch of other complementary, creative efforts. This web log (blog) documents and describes the progress of Forest Reflections. You can find out more about Forest Reflections here and about my artwork here.