Congratulations to two of our senior social skills groups who entered the Next Gen competition held by the Community Arts Centre. The students worked on these pieces over term two and three guided by our talented Ms Tamas and Mrs Gilbey.
One group painted and cut out dozens of paper circles- the piece was a culmination of discussions about all the life circles we are connected to: friends, peers, family etc. The students enjoyed the fun of colour blending during their sessions and making connections to the world around them.
The other group glued hundreds of plastic bottle tops to make a whale: a reflection on the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives, and the amount as a society we throw away.
Both pieces were mounted on ply and are on display in the school foyer.
They were judged over the holidays and the whale won the 3D section and received a highly recommended in the recycled section.
The students attended a winners’ celebration on Sunday at the centre and were presented with their prize.
Judge's comments: “DON’T BAIL ON THE WHALE” is immediately enchanting, drawing the eye with simplicity and style. Utilising a pair of bold and contrasting colours, skilfully affixed to their respective spaces, draws the shape of the whale and its ocean with grace. The blocking is only broken by the creature’s wise, blue eye, which works to bring the viewer straight to the focal point of the piece. This is an expert usage of colour and collage alike.
Taking in the work further brings the viewer to the ever-expansive ocean, creeping off the canvas as if overflowing. Simple splatters of paint provide a brilliant sense of motion amongst the bottle cap waves. The artist makes clever use of recycled goods to enhance the environmental sentiments behind their work. Each fraying rope and salvaged newspaper clipping reminds the audience of ocean life losing their home to pollution. A truly moving and thoughtful artwork.
WINNER 3D 7-11 years
Gal - Art, Age 10
Media category: 3D single medium
Title of work: DON’T BAIL ON THE WHALE