Maxine, one of my Grade 12 students, made a vine out of wine bottles; labels, corks and wire as her exam piece and she did drawings of feet in red wine as part of her related thematic drawing.
The smell of red wine in my classroom was quite strong – I often say to colleagues that I feel like I’m running a pub. The room has a convivial atmosphere, music playing, people having conversations and on occasion they burst into song (I just don’t serve snacks & drinks). When Maxine was making her artwork - the room even smelled like a pub!
Here is Maxine’s explanation of her artwork:
My art piece is an extended metaphor of the journey to maturity. I have used wine as my comparative. Wine goes through steps of production. The vine plant is grown as a result of pruning, fertilizing, watering and sunlight. The equivalent nurturing in humans; is provided by our parents, friends and family. All the crushing and pressing that the grapes undergo represent the hard times that individuals’ experience, which consequently makes them stronger and wiser. In the same way that wine is fermented; people are often influenced and fermented by others. This may be a fermentation that benefits or negatively affects an individual. The final stages of wine productions are bottling, corking and leaving the wine to mature. We have to figure out who we want to be as individuals. We choose the qualities we want to retain and how people perceive us. We will mature, develop, learn and discover. We may stick to our wire or vine or we may grow free. Either way we hope to become individual, high quality and valuable bottles of wine that are wise and mature.
Maxine’s explanation of her feet drawings (she did three - but I didn’t photograph very them well):
My thematic drawings are feet of people of different ages and who were exposed to different environments. My feet drawings act as a representation of a person’s life story. The more veined and wrinkled the feet, the older and more experienced and in most cases wiser the person is. My feet represent the element of maturing, as one gets older. Like wine gets darker, the feet that are older have darker tones.