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Congratulations to our Year 12 Visual Art Students

 
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​As a non-visual art student, I don’t have a lot to say about the technical and artistic elements of the works found in the graduate exIBit of 2019. What I can say, is that the refined and meaningful works displayed in the gallery on Saturday night definitely pleased the crowds of friends, family and art enthusiasts at the official opening on Saturday night (24 August).

For the past two and half years the visual art class of 2019 has been tirelessly completing seven to ten artworks for their final IB assessment. It is fair to say that many lunch times, after schools and visual art days have been put into completing their own exhibition, with a coherent theme of their choice. Throughout the process students have received masterclasses from professional practising artists as well as learning different techniques and art styles in their classes to incorporate in their exhibition.

Each exhibition was incredibly unique and topics ranged from age old questions to relevant political topics. Some students chose to focus on environment and the impacts of humanity on the planet, or highlight the struggles between the Middle East and the Western World in our current era. Many students also chose to explore deeper topics, such as identity or coming of age and consciousness itself. As guest speaker Dr Courtney Pedersen, Academic Program Director, School of Creative Practice, QUT pointed out, each of these works makes its own unique statement, a remarkable achievement for Year 12 students.

The variety of topics also created varied and vibrant artwork, gruesome animations, still life to abstract portraits, as well as many unique sculptural pieces. The techniques and composition in these artworks has come from three years in the art program under the guidance of the art teachers Mr O’Shanesy, Ms Staines, Ms Stevens and Dr Porter. Some students chose to use artworks from their Year 11 and Year 10 work, which also showed how the progression in their work as artists evolved.

Congratulations to all the 2019 graduating art students and the QACI art teachers and supporting staff. The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the long and hard work our class has put into their impressive final exhibition.

..article written by Wenonah Van Damme, Year 12

...photographs by Genevieve Heyworth, Year 10

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Last reviewed 27 August 2019
Last updated 27 August 2019