The wintery evening of Wednesday 15 September in the ASHS Arts Building saw the official opening of the annual Senior and Lower School Art Exhibition ‘Wonderlust’.
Proceedings commenced at 5.30 pm with weather conditions being no deterrent for students, friends and families who came; admiring the array of talent exhibited on the gallery walls, and chatting in groups within the Visual Arts Studios set amongst a colourful array of drawings, paintings, prints, textiles and sculptures.
The night officially began at 6 pm with Mrs Melissa Daw welcoming guests and introducing her colleague Ms Andrea Totten, who gave an Acknowledgement to Country before commencing a brief speech about the works on display. Included amongst the resolved artworks were also some more exploratory exercises in media and technique, and works in progress.
When viewing Year 11 and 12s Body of Work in students’ sketchpads, guests were encouraged to consider the bravery of our students to exhibit an artwork in public, the time and thought that went into developing an idea and skills, and then sometimes confronting investigation into the world they live in.
Mrs Daw recognised the Year 12 students for developing their portfolios for WACE submission and completion and congratulated them all on their effort and endurance to complete the rigorous coursework.
Everyone was then invited to unite in creating a collaborative installation based on the exploration of shapes, colour, collage and pattern, with each guest’s paper creation morphing as a playful spray of drawing and painting across gallery walls.
The night was a huge success and the Visual Arts team would like to thank all of the students involved in helping to create the event by contributing wonderful works of art and assisting with erecting the works for display. We would like to thank everyone who attended for coming along and helping us to celebrate the students’ efforts by also voting for their favourite artwork for the Peoples’ Choice Awards, which will be announced early in Term 4.
Special thanks must also go to the Home Economic staff Mrs Ali Powell, and Mrs Bianca Downham and the Year 10 Food Technology and Science students for the delicious food they provided. To Wendy Miell in the front office for doing such a wonderful job promoting the event through newsletters and social media. To Mr David Marshall, Head of Arts Department, a very special thank you for his ongoing support throughout the year.
Mrs Andrea Totten
Visual Arts Teacher