Last night saw the launch of our first exhibition held in person since 2018, which features student work from Art, Design & Media subjects from years 7 to 12. Earlier this year we selected ELEVATE as the title and theme for our exhibition, and you may see interpretations of this throughout the student's work tonight. We selected this title as it reflects the challenge our students have experienced over the past few years, challenged not only by COVID-19, but also by the change that has been our amalgamation to our current site. ‘ELEVATE’ captures our students' passions and desires to rise through these challenges, drawing inspiration and creating outstanding works of Art, Design & Media.
Creating works of art is not a simple process, it involves engaging with a theme or topic on a deeply personal level, it requires the development of knowledge, skills and techniques to bring the vision to life and ultimately, and most importantly, the courage to share something so personal in such a public way. Because of this, I want to acknowledge each and every Art student of Norwood International High School for their willingness to venture on that journey.
"I really enjoyed the variety of art we were taught such as digital and traditional art like painting as well as having quality art supplies available to us.” - Qiaoyi (Emma) (Year 7)
“I liked creating our self-portraits in David Hockney’s style using acrylic paint of canvas. It’s going to be featured in the exhibition. I’m excited to see all the different artworks across the different year levels.” - Haniya (Year 9)
Showcased through our exhibition, you can see the culmination of each artistic journey. However, for our Year 12 students, this exhibition was the culmination of their artistic journey with us at Norwood International High School! Joining us in 2018 in our ‘rustic’ art facilities on the Middle Campus, each of these students has worked tirelessly to develop their knowledge and skills over the past five years. I would like to specifically acknowledge these efforts.
I would also like to thank the team of Arts Teachers here at Norwood International High School, Evelyn Kyriakopoulos, Terri Maddern, Evelyn Makris, Judy Millard, Chloe Papavasiliou, Sabrina Sapio and Annette Suter, for their experience and support in guiding our art students throughout the year - I know I speak for all students when I say they really appreciate everything you have done for them this year. Also, a big thank you from me for all your support in organising our exhibition - an event link this isn’t something that can just happen, so thank you again!
“The best part about film this year was having the opportunity to present things in a way that are different to the traditional visual arts. Its own form of storytelling.” - Pierce (Year 10)
“I loved most things in art this year but one of my favourite things was creating a piece of Pop Art because of the bright colours and comic book style. I also really liked still life drawing and using shading to make objects look realistic.” - Christian (Year 7)
Pictured below are our award winners for 2022. Our awards celebrate our students' artistic excellence in the visual arts and are awarded to each year level. Years 11 and 12 have an award for both Art and Design. Congratulations to each of them for their outstanding work!
YEAR 11: ART
YEAR 11: DESIGN
YEAR 12: ART
YEAR 12: DESIGN
I’m pleased to announce that in 2023, the Visual Arts team will be pursuing an opportunity to host an official SALA Exhibition here at NIHS during the month of August. This will again be an opportunity for students to showcase their work, but this time in a formally recognised, state-based exhibition!
Finally, for those who were unable to make it to this amazing evening - we were able to capture the whole exhibition digitally as a 3D walk-through which can be found below!
Congratulations again to all involved in the organisation and presentation of such an outstanding school event!