We started this year with all Middle School Visual Arts students undertaking a few weeks of observational drawing, where they took inspiration from a series of vibrant still-life arrangements in the room. Besides the obvious benefit of learning to draw, there are many other benefits of observational drawing for children. They learn to slow down, take their time, problem solve, notice things in greater detail, embrace mistakes and develop their spatial awareness. For example, when drawing an object such as a leaf, observational skills are sharpened as the students begin to notice different shapes, shades of colour and texture. This provides an entry point into sorting, classifying and grouping, which supports the development of mathematic and scientific vocabulary. Drawing is therefore the ultimate transferable skill as it encourages the ability to adapt and provides the progression from research, through analysis and speculation, to solution.
Our Year 11 SACE students have been working with hand-built ceramics and have been influenced by ancient Japanese Jomon pottery as well as local contemporary ceramist Helen Fuller. Their work is now on display in the Parents and Friends Gallery, Girton campus.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge the achievements of Rachel, who completed Year 12 last year. At the opening of the SACE Art Show at Light Square Gallery on 19 March, Rachel had her painting ‘Cutis and Skinscape’ selected for the Poster Award and received the award from the Minister for Education, Susan Close MP. Rachel’s painting will feature on all publicity for the 2017 SACE Art Show.
Director of Visual Arts
(To preview photo gallery, please click on a photo below).