Trinity’s Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) students recently exhibited their Visual Arts major works at Trinity’s Delmar Gallery. The Trinity IB artworks presented a feast for the eyes with pieces covering a spectrum of disciplines, from painting and pottery to sculpture and photography.
This exhibition is the culmination of work undertaken by Senior art students over the past year and demonstrates their personal investigation into visual arts.
The works reflect each student’s own interests which range from personal issues that affect how they see the world, to their own passions and interests in activities such as sport and love of city life. Some students explored the cultural issues that they feel are a part of being second generation immigrants, while others delved into issues to do with modernity meeting religion. “Visual responses to issues are just as valid as written responses to issues,” said Head of Visual Arts, Stephen Collins.
The students were required to: investigate theories behind their works (such as representation of contemporary or modern concepts or other cultural theories); explore the materials that best present their ideas; and determine the type of presentation that conveys their ideas in the most meaningful way. “In their works the boys have clearly shown us that visual communication is every bit as effective as written communication,” continued Mr Collins.
The works are made using a wide range of techniques from traditional drawing and painting, to conceptual sculptures made on the laser cutter, and new carving techniques that utilise the latest technology. These new methods of art making run parallel with the mixed media approach of material use, as the works move away from traditional single medium presentations to multi-media and multi pieces as a response to issues affecting the artists.
The exhibition truly reflected the contemporary nature of art making in the current art setting. Each student was required to write a curatorial rationale explaining their choice for the exhibition, as well as presenting eleven resolved artworks (the maximum number allowed). For marking, each art work is accompanied by 25 pages of support material which documents each student’s investigation into the art making process.
“Congratulations to the students on such a comprehensive presentation of ideas, materials and resolved images. I hope the students receive the mark they deserve and wish them all the very best for the future,” concluded Mr Collins.
Trinity’s Society of the Arts provides opportunities for boys to be exposed to fine Art and Music with which they would not normally come in to contact. This rich history has been the foundation for a breadth of performing and exhibition arts being taught, encouraged and fostered by some of the most passionate and expert educators in the country.
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