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.
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.
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.
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