Sheldon College Senior Art Exhibition celebrates student talent

Talented student artists from Sheldon College got the chance to show off their best work at the college’s senior art exhibition on Wednesday night.

More than 200 pieces of art work by 100 students featured in the exhibition which comprised work completed by students in years 9 through to 12.

Year 9 students had their landscape work on display, while year 10 students showed off their portrait work.

Year 11 and 12 students were given the chance to display their personal work, which gave them the chance to communicate their thoughts, emotions, ideas and views on a global context given to them by their teachers.

The year 11 and 12 students were also asked to create a visual art diary which required them to research other artists of influence and also include their own media experimentation and compositional design work.

Visual art teacher Josh Hanek was on hand on the night to hand out awards and prizes and told the Redland City Bulletin he was immensely proud of all of the young artists.

“I am inspired by watching these young artists using the creative process to navigate their way through their emotions and understanding of the world around them,” he said.

“Their art works create a communication that gives an insight to how remarkable these young people truly are.

“The beauty we have at this school is we are teaching children specialist skills in arts from early year levels right through to senior school.

“From a teaching perspective it’s the most rewarding experience because you see the growth of these students and how much they mature in terms of their expression and the communication of meaning and form.

“You also get to know the students personally and how they identify with the aesthetic choices and art works in the greater community.”

Sheldon College Director of Senior Schooling Diane Vandermeer said the exhibition is a great reward for students and teachers alike.

“Our students every year make these amazing items throughout the year and it is wonderful to see them develop over time in the workshops,” she said.

“The wonderful visual art on display that is wearable art is testimony to the commitment of not only the students but their teachers as well.”