Schools show art by students at SAM
Shepparton Art Museum’s endof-year school art exhibitions for 2014, Self/Expression and The Art Room, opened on Friday, January 23.
The official launch and celebratory evening event is scheduled for Friday, January 30, when students and teachers are back for the new school year.
The exhibitions highlight the achievements of students who participate in visual art courses in both primary and secondary schools from across the Goulburn Valley region.
Both exhibitions highlight skill and creativity in approaches to artmaking as well as confidence and sensitivity with regards to subject matter and in communicating ideas about the world and experiences of it.
Shortlisted artworks for Self/ Expression present the best Year 11 and Year 12 artwork by students completing VCE Studio Arts and VCE Art in this region.
SAM visual arts educator Rhonda Chrisanthou said there were 36 students from both Years 11 and 12 who submitted applications for Self/Expression.
‘‘Fourteen students were shortlisted from a large field. Selected artwork includes a number of photographic images and installation works that range in themes, approaches and reflect social and personal concerns,’’ she said.
Artwork by senior students will be displayed in SAM’s Crawford Stewart Gallery.
Secondary schools represented in Self/Expression include: Cobram Secondary College, Dookie College, Goulburn Valley Grammar School, McGuire College, Mooroopna Secondary College, Notre Dame College, Rushworth P-12 College, Shepparton Christian College, Shepparton High School, St Augustines College Kyabram and Wanganui Park Secondary College.
Eight primary schools submitted expressions of interest for The Art Room. Teachers were invited to select their own shortlist and have assisted in the presenting artwork for display in the Eastbank Centre Foyer.
The display features artworks by students from Year 1 through to Year 10. Classwork is highly varied and includes mixed media, drawing and painting and presents an array of subjects, themes and approaches to art-making.
Schools represented in The Art Room include: Cobram Secondary College, Euroa Primary School Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Guthrie St Primary School, Kialla West Primary school, McGuire College, Notre Dame College, Numurkah Secondary College and Numurkah Primary School.
Self/Expression and The Art Room will be on display until February 22 and will be accompanied by The Rennie Ellis Show, currently showing.
Entry is free. SAM is open seven days from 10 am to 4 pm (public holidays 1 pm to 4 pm).