Term 3 has provided many and varied experiences for students of Visual Art across all year levels. The start of the term saw Year 9 Visual Art students participate in a full day photography workshop with professional photographer Jim Filmer, as part of their unit, “The Captured Image.” Marist College Ashgrove was awarded a full day photography workshop through an application made to the Moran Arts Foundation and students had the opportunity to develop skills and techniques in photography including composition and narrative. This workshop day was followed by an excursion to the 2019 World Press Photography exhibition, which is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for photojournalism and digital storytelling and students viewed work by some of the world’s top press photographers
Earlier this term, Year 11 & 12 Visual Art students visited the Gallery of Modern Art to view the work of Australian artists Ben Quilty and Margaret Olley. This was followed by a trip to Reverse Garbage, a not for profit organisation which focuses on repurposing and recycling various materials from both industry and general households with an aim to reduce landfill. Students made a selection of a range of items which included hundreds of rubber ducks, rusty tools and old records to incorporate into their current artworks.
In Art Club this term, students created a Rokkaku Dako kite (Japanese fighting kite) and although there was no wind to try them out on the day they were completed, they provided a colourful display.
This month saw the launch of the Centenarian project in Brisbane, which is a heartwarming initiative involving 100 teenage artists who were matched with 100 Centenarians from Brisbane and surrounds. After spending time together, engaging in conversation and hearing the Centenarian’s life stories, the students developed a portrait which captured their personality and appearance. Sam Jensen in Year 10 has been involved in this worthwhile project and developed a portrait of 100-year-old Magda from The Gap. After being on display in an exhibition of all of the portraits which had been produced as part of the project, the portraits were gifted back to the families of the Centenarians. The project, which initially began in Melbourne, is in its third year, moving to a different city each year. Next year will see the project launched in Perth.
We would like to congratulate Artwork of the Month recipients Corey Chalmers in Year 9 for the month of July, for his effective photograph of a potted succulent and Luca Masotti in Year 11, the recipient for August, for his illuminated still life as part of the unit, “Art as Code”. The boys receive a certificate and an Eckersley’s gift voucher for this achievement.
Curriculum Leader Visual Art