On Friday, 26 August the opening night of the Art and Technology Exhibition and the beginning of the Arts Festival was held in the newly refurbished Visual Art Department. With 214 RSVPS and over 250 people attending, even though it was windy and raining, I would say, if I could be so bold, it was the most successful opening we have had in the last six years.
The exhibition was in two spaces this year and all within the newly refurbished Visual Arts Department. The former Food Technology room is now a very modern drawing studio and gallery space which reminds me of a small boutique art gallery. The larger studio was also emptied and converted into a gallery space. The creation of these two wonderful spaces are due to the hard work of the School's grounds staff.
Student artwork reflected diversity from K-12 which covered Visual Arts, photograph, woodwork, metal work and media. Sea Life was a popular theme this year. There were awesome goldfish, turtles and very funky fish plaques. Portraiture is certainly a subject matter that students are very keen to explore. The art styles of Klimt, Picasso, Surrealism, Fauvism, Cubism and Realism were inspirations. Animals are always a popular theme and there were lovey lino prints, expressive drawings and excellent animal trophy heads. Circus, nursery rhymes, nature, surfing, skate boarding, robots, and shoes were just some of the themes explored.
The Upper School artwork was certainly of a high standard and demonstrated strong skills in drawing, painting, textiles and sculpture. The diverse use of materials and techniques was very pleasing to see. Our Year 12 students focus was on the themes of “Consumption and Consumerism” and “Feminism and Masculinity.” Mr Schulze and I have certainly been impressed with the drawing skills of our Year 12 Art students.
A big thank you to all who had work exhibited in this year’s exhibition. The feedback I have received has been mostly about how talented our wonderful our students are. Also many thanks to all staff who submitted artwork and to our special guest speakers, Dr Charles Nadin and Mr Trevor Jackson, who spoke very eloquently and presented awards.
Thank you also to Macushla Quicke (Year 12) who was the emcee on the night. She was truly awesome. Our wonderful Performing Arts department provided beautiful music and very talented singers. Mrs Jenny Dunlop and the Food Technology Department provided some very yummy food, served by students who volunteered their time. Mega thanks Jenny.
In the end it was all about the students and wow, there is so much artistic talent on display. Congratulations to all Award winners.
Ms Caroline Cooper :: Art Co-ordinator