VARIOUS artistic mediums created by 16 Year 11 and 12 students from secondary schools across the region as well as students from eight primary schools are the latest addition to the Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) walls, with the end-of-year exhibits, Self/Expression and The Art Room opening last week.
The exhibitions, which highlight the achievements of students who participate in visual art courses, provide students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to display their works in a real life exhibition situation.
SAM Visual Arts Educator, Rhonda Chrisanthou said, “There were 36 students from both Year 11 and 12 who submitted applications for Self/Expression. 16 students were shortlisted from a very large field.
“The Art Room displays feature artworks by students from Year 1 through to Year 10.”
Shepparton High School Year 12 Student, Liana Besim said, “My piece is an oil pastel, pen and acrylic drawing. I wanted to create an image that represents me and I like camels, so I took the pattern design from the rug on the back of a camel and used that as a basis for my piece.
“It’s exciting to see your artwork presented for everyone to see.”
Notre Dame Year 11 Student, Laura Douglas said, “My photographic works are inspired by works by Petra Collins, Larry Clark and Sofia Coppola. I wanted to create a nostalgic feel with an authentic look so used a high ISO to make the images grainy.
“I didn’t expect my works to be chosen and to see them on display is pretty special.”
Goulburn Valley Grammar School Year 12 Student, Monique Pankhurst said, “For both of my pieces I used digital photography but one utilises editing skills and the other acrylic paints to bring my theme ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ to life.
“I’m rapt to have them on display. It makes all the effort worthwhile.
“It’s also great to see the works that other students at other schools have done.”
Self/Expression and The Art Room will be on display from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, February 22 and will be accompanied by The Rennie Ellis Show, currently showing. Entry is free and SAM is open seven days from 10am to 4pm (public holidays 1pm to 4pm).