Con is currently Program Coordinator for Illustration and Visual Arts.
Con Emmanuelle has always lived a creative life. He has explored and investigated his creative urges in a variety of disciplines such as, Illustration, Graphic Design, Film and Television, Photography and Digital Imaging. But it is his love for teaching art that has helped him earn praise and recognition amongst his colleagues and students for over 23 years. His accomplished art and design practice has allowed him to develop outstanding instructional guides and teaching resources that elevate the quality of learning for students and improve professional delivery methods where he has worked.
Con started teaching in 1991 at the WA School of Art and Design in Perth, and was quickly promoted to Head of Graphic Design and Multimedia after only two years. His commitment to the job, strong work ethic, professionalism and leadership skills were noticed abroad where he was offered the position of Program Supervisor at the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the UAE. In 2000 Con returned to Australia where he took up the position of Instructional Designer at NMIT. In 2002 he decided to return to teaching, working at a variety of schools, departments and campuses around Melbourne. In 2009 Con was employed by the Visual Arts Department at NMIT where he was appointed Program Coordinator for Illustration and Design. Today he splits his time between Melbourne Polytechnic as a Program Coordinator of Visual Arts and NMIT.
Con has managed to successfully straddle both teaching and his private art practice in a complimentary way. His art practice, freelance design and photography experience have kept him abreast of current workplace practices and up to the minute developments in the field. This currency translates into exceptional teaching experience, validity and knowledge. He has published seven books and has exhibited his art in five public exhibitions.
This year Con is embarking on his most ambitious and personal creative journey with a unique Culture Art Project titled ‘Tales of Cyprus’. This multi-disciplinary art project explores his parent’s homeland and its culture and traditional way of life prior to the 1950’s. His exhibition at Chapel off Chapel at the end of this year will depict and merge this Cypriot cultural heritage with contemporary notions of family, community and connections to the homeland. It will feature large digital reproductions of rare old family photos, quotes from personal interviews and original drawings of traditional and iconic scenes from old Cyprus. The topic of multiculturalism in Cyprus and how this was translated in Australia has never been explored in this way before.
To find out more about Con’s latest project or to see some of his teaching resources, click on the following links: www.talesofcyprus.wordpress.com or www.conartist.me
Teacher - Illustration