Stu­dents’ art tal­ent on show


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

ROOTY Hill High School’s Art On The Hill ex­hi­bi­tion was a hit, dis­play­ing about 450 art­works for al­most 900 guests.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been an an­nual event for 12 years, and fea­tures the work of stu­dents from Minch­in­bury, Eastern Creek and Rooty Hill public schools, as well as from Rooty Hill High School.

The works, which ranged from paint­ings and draw­ings to mul­ti­me­dia and pho- tos, were judged by the prin­ci­pals of all four schools and awards were given out ac­cord­ing to orig­i­nal­ity.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was part of the Learn­ing Neigh­bour­hood Com­mu­nity, to which all four schools be­long.

The learn­ing com­mu­nity puts on a spe­cial pro­ject each term to show the com­mu­nity the tal­ents of the young peo­ple in the area.

Rooty Hill High School deputy prin­ci­pal Conny Mat­ti­more was im­pressed with this year’s col­lec­tion.

“The stan­dard of the art­works was just amaz­ing right through,” Mrs Mat­ti­more said.

Ni­cole De Los San­tos, 17, won the over­all award for her wa­ter­colour and acrylic art­work, called Per­ils Of The Self, which showed three dis­traught fa­cial ex­pres­sions.

“I think for peo­ple like me who don’t re­ally find much in­ter­est in other sub­jects, art is just a re­ally good out­let,” Ni­cole said.

“Those other sub­jects, like maths and science, don’t have cre­ative ex­pres­sion. I want to be­come a pro­fes­sional artist. I’ve al­ways been into art and the cre­ative side of things.”

The Qual­ity Award win­ner was Jes­sica Franco, 17, for her Mon­key See Mon­key Do piece, cre­ated us­ing wa­ter­colours and felt-tip pens.

“I was sur­prised that I won, but I’m grate­ful,” Jes­sica said.

Jes­sica said she wanted to keep her art tal­ents as a hobby.

The two stage-five qual­ity awards went to 15-year-old Chloe Quin­tero for her Pho­to­shop art­work, called Man­lohrine, and 14-year-old Henry Smith for his pho­to­graphic piece, called Sim­plic­ity.

Mrs Mat­ti­more said the school would be look­ing to find a per­ma­nent home for the art­works.

Year 12 stu­dent Jes­sica Franco with Mon­key See Mon­key Do.

Rooty Hill High School art teacher Tracy Gatt with one of the art­works.

Pic­tures: DAVID SWIFT

Tris­tan Filio, Year 12, with Gen­er­a­tions Of Hap­pi­ness.

Ni­cole De Los San­tos, Year 12, with Per­ils Of The Self.

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