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In 2014 the celebration of
student work has been a
major focus for the Visual
It has seen the establishing of a new display
area in the Penquite Reception area that
rotates student work once a month as well as
regularly changing works in the John Morris
Library, the Middle School foyer and, of course,
in the s.p .a .c.e gallery with student showcase
Another avenue to celebrate and showcase
student work has been through local, national
and international exhibitions. Many students
have used their own initiative to enter
competitions and many have been encouraged
and helped through the application process
either as a class or as individuals.
Having their work exposed to the wider
community is the objective, not so much the
‘winning’ as it can be argued that art should
be about personal expression, rather than
encouraging winners and losers.
Having noted this, however, the talent and
skills of our Scotch Oakburn students has
been recognised by the broader art world with
many wins and commendations received.
Five students were finalists in SNAP – Meg
Irvine, Liam Preece, Emily Barnett (high
commendation) and Amber Tiller – while Meg
Irvine (senior student winner), Liam Preece (high
commendation) and Abigail Hunt (junior winner)
were successful in Heritage SNAP.
Kelsie Rainbow was the open student
winner in the Bay of Fires Youth Art Prize. In
‘Our own Environment and Us’, Taylah Leader
was the senior 2D winner, Josie Lawrence
the 3D winner, Harrison Andersen the junior
2D Winner and Fiona Taylor received a high
commendation. Will Clark was the student
winner in the Artentwine Sculpture Competition.
Yasmin De Jersey’s design was selected
as one of the winning entries to be painted on
Launceston’s first ever Public Painted Piano.
The competition, run by Cityprom, requested
entrants to submit a design that reflected
aspects of Launceston. Yasmin used her
graphic design and painting skills to translate
Kings Bridge onto the face of an upright piano.
The piano was launched in December and was
available for the public to play in the Brisbane
Congratulations go not only to these
students, but to all of our students who make
art with passion, creativity and integrity.
Co-curricular art activities and community
involvement have also been a focus. Our
Graphic Design and Sketch Spray Paint Year
10 students created the street art signs for
Junction Arts Festival, eight of our TCE students
were involved in the University College Program
and six of our Year 10s participated in the UTAS
SheenMachines Workshop, providing them with
the opportunity to work with renowned artist
John Vella. Our Year 6 art club ran in Terms 2
and 3, exploring various media activities, while
the Year 5 met regularly to explore individualised
In the Junior School, student learning
outcomes have been celebrated through
regularly changing exhibitions of art in the many
gallery spaces around the Elphin campus.
Students have also demonstrated their
understanding of many art experiences through
workshops that they have provided for their
peers and parents during LIVE@Elphin and in
their student-led conferences. They have visited
many exhibitions that related to their units of
inquiry, including The Glover.
Catriona Stewart in Year 3 has had her
self-portrait selected for inclusion in the 2015
Colour Products Art Catalogue. William Scott,
Daisy Adkins, Ellie Muller, Joseph Etta and
Patrick Brown in Year 5 received the honour of
having their landscape paintings exhibited at
the QVMAG gallery in the most recent Artstart
exhibition, ‘Dreamscape Tasmania’. Artstart
showcases the visual art talents of students
from primary schools in the north of the state.
Their work is on show in the café and education
centre spaces at the Queen Victoria Museum
and Art Gallery in Wellington Street until
Art Club continues to be a very popular
lunchtime experience for many students, with
45 young artists attending regularly each week
of this year.
An ongoing project that has involved many
Year 3 students and all Year 4 students is the
development of a sculpture garden at the side
entrance to Claremont Garden. Their current
pieces include a large skink modelled from
soil and supported with wire, with plants to be
added as a ‘skin’, and a shelter constructed
from twisted willow poles with woven flax
supports. Their installations will grow and evolve
in 2015 with further projects being planned by
many enthusiastic young artists.
The Visual Art department will continue
to foster student expression, encourage
creativity and offer opportunities for students
to engage with the community to further their
understanding of the visual arts in the remainder
of 2014 and onward into the future.
Director of Visual Art, and
Junior School Art Teacher
CELEBRATING STUDENT CREATIVITY
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