In Visual Art, Media Arts and Film, TV and New Media subjects students work with extended concepts allowing for a depth of meaning making and visual communication. They use an inquiry process of research, investigation, reflection, problem solving, development, critical analysis, synthesis and resolution.
In each level, the focus is on developing critical and visual literacies that are essential to understanding Australian Curriculum, cross-subject links and new Senior Syllabus requirements. Students develop skill sets essential to a range of academic and creative undertakings in areas such as Design, Events development, Architecture, even Reconstructive Surgery https://artibiotics.com/blog/is-drawing-valuable-for-surgeons .
There’s lots happening in Visual Art at the end of the year
Year 8 Rangoli Day – collaboration, colourful problem solving, critical thinking, creativity
The marvellous Michelle Vine shared her research methodology in an artist talk and adventured with us along Loders Creek and into Surfers Paradise as part of our artist/scientist-style evidence gathering project. In the afternoon, we headed south to the Walk on Water track at Minjungbal Tweed Heads, and onto Fingal Head for a sand casting and Labyrinth experience.
Energies Exhibition Celebrations for 8 St Hilda’s Students
The ENERGIES 2017 exhibition showcases works of art by more than 80 talented senior secondary school students from across the Gold Coast. Existing in some form for over 30 years, ENERGIES compiles a dynamic range of works across varying forms of artistic media.
Congratulations to Angelina Holley Yr 11 and Miho Hiroe, Anastasia Lavrentyeva, Ruby Vaggelas pictured and Ella Seeto, Lily Clements-Markham, Aurora Johnston, Daisy Gray on fabulous works at a great evening of celebration. Congratulations to Mr Stephen Eardley of TSS for his long and dedicated commitment to this exhibition.
Creative Generation … Our Visual Art girls do it again … CONGRATULATIONS
Ella Seeto is the recipient of a Creative Generation Excellence Award, Ruby Vaggelas won the Regional Encouragement Award, and Aurora Johnston’s Desk Drawings was Highly Commended.
Ella will have her work Suburban Visage (below) hung in GOMA and continues an almost flawless 20 year tradition of award winners from St Hilda’s School. Her work was one of 31 artworks selected from 520 entries from the 8 regions of Queensland.
The works are on display at the Whitebox Gallery, Building G14 Griffith University until 6 September.
Ella Seeto’s Suburban Visage, a photographic diptych from the Alchemy Unit Semester 1. Artist Statement:
This work looks at a search for self within the ordinary confines of suburbia. My aim was to suggest both the physical and psychological reality of this search, and the idea that these are often juxtaposed, leading ultimately to the alchemy of the inner and outer resulting in a unique individual. The concept was triggered by Basquiat’s ‘quasi self-portrait’ and the idea that he was frightened of his spiritual discovery. In combination with my reflections on how people seem afraid of, or dismiss their true self on social media, even adopting a facade to conceal, protect, hide or shield their truth, underlies the notion explored in Suburban VIzard.
Photography allowed me to explore the impact of lighting to create the bleak, almost uncomfortable life of the subject ‘trapped’ in a particular situation. An awareness of light as a character in the photographs, also allowed me to capture a sense of hope through the soft, evocative, almost sensuous reflections off surfaces and through windows or cracks under doors. I experimented with long exposures and various settings to achieve the outcome I was searching for. The images are barely touched in Photoshop, however this program assisted me in enhancing some elements of contrast.
Ruby Vaggelas’ What Difference does it make – photographic diptych and Video installation from the Alchemy Unit Semester 1. Artist Statement:
My work was created to spark questions about the nature of gender, how it can be expressed and, therefore defined. Gender is complex, it exists on a spectrum and a person’s gender is unique to them alone; however, traditional gender expectations are deeply entrenched in the fabric of society. In this work I wanted to invite an open engagement with the construct. True expression is so often hindered because society has repressed all variations of non-conformity; if it does not fit, it cannot be. Gender can also be projected onto an individual and this work explores that idea.
The Awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland state and non-state schools.
Since 1990, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools.
From similar regional shows held around Queensland between 31 student works were selected for Excellence Awards, with one Encouragement in each region. Excellence award winners will have their work hung in the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane during 2018. Currently, Holly Gibson and Georgina Harvey have works on show at GOMA.
Canungra Show Success for Stephanie and Lily Year 10
Steph Nickel won first prize this weekend for her Vanitas Painting and Lily Baker won most successful exhibitor for her photographic work.
Generation Regional Exhibition: Griffith University Whitebox Gallery Saturday 26 August 10am for the announcement of Awards.
Congratulations to Ella Seeto, Ruby Vaggelas,Aurora Johnston, and Lily Clements-Markhamon their selection to represent the school at the regional Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Art Exhibition at the Whitebox Gallery, Griffith University. The opening takes place on 26 August at 9.30 for 10 am presentation.How to get to the Whitebox on Saturday: G14 on the map.
“The new Arthouse is incredible. It is spacious, bright and definitely inspiring. As a Year 12 student I can tell I will be very happy working on my Art assignment in Term 4 in this environment. I am very excited and ready to occupy” Sammy Jack
A New Year, New Visual Language Communication Tools
I’ve done a little experimentation with QR Codes to share the ideas behind the works the girls create. If you down load a free app for QR Codes, you can hear Aurora and Ella talking about their Year 11 Psychological Self Portrait body of work.
Give it a try and see what you think. We will install these beside the girls’ works on display around the school so you are able to see the depth of critical and creative thinking that goes behind the finished product.
Congratulations to our Visual Culture Prefects on a job well done in 2016
Advocacy, support, community events, excellence in their own practice, the Symposium: Visual Cultures & Possible Futures, the Morgan Art Show, the Making Meaning exhibition … you did it all with such grace, professionalism and passion. Thank you x
Holly Gibson (Chair), Li En Peng, Sara Shuttlewood and Michelle Hsu MCs for the evening at the Making Meaning Exhibition. You have been magnificent.
Holly Gibson is a finalist in the Moran Photographic Student Prize
About the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize: Established in 2007, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (MCPP) is a national competition that awards and promotes Australian contemporary photography and excellence in all forms of still based artwork.
The MCPP invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’ with an emphasis on Australians going about their day-to-day life. We aim to encourage the production of photographs taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflects the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of life, no matter where you live in Australia.
Our Visual Art and FTVNM and Media Art students enjoyed seeing their work on display at the Morgan’s Art Show
… and a big thank you to our Visual Culture Prefects whose tenure is about to come to an end. Your badges of honour await.
Why we need Art
“We need thinkers, visionaries and creative minds. As the technology industry grows – and with it, employment opportunities – we need more candidates who are rooted in thought and fewer who can simply carry out a task. For those students graduating with a liberal arts degree, who are unsure where their job hunt will take them, we welcome you with open arms to technology, mathematics and computing. And for those in technology, celebrate your humanity and the the available cultural riches; become aware of the intuition and the poetry in what you do. Bring with you your love for beauty, passion and artistry, and be prepared to use them.” Paul MyersChair of Computer Science , Trinity University LINK to the whole article
Creative Generations Excellence in Visual Art Education Awards
We are so very proud to announce that two of our Year 12 Visual Art students will have their work exhibited at GOMA, Southbank in Brisbane in 2017 after they were awarded a Creative Generations Excellence in Visual Art Education Award. Georgina Harvey and Holly Gibson were each recognised with one of only 40 awards earned by Queensland Students. Georgina and Holly carry on a long tradition with this exhibition that began in 1998 with the awarding of Ann Lee and Camilla Jones when they were in Year 11 and followed up the next year by the same two girls who have gone on to have excitingly broad and creative careers, Ann in software design – having been one of 3 girls in the entire cohort of UNSW, going on to work international, Camilla in law, copyrighting, and she has recently returned to undertake further study at QCA.
Since then, we have seen 18 of our girls honoured with Creative Generation Awards. View works presented in the various regional exhibitions throughout Queensland: VIEW We are equally proud of Emily Baker and Laura Nicholls who showed their work at the Redland’s Gallery amongst excellent company (opening today, Sunday 11 September).
Now for Energies at the Gold Coast Art Centre (see below). You have until 30 October to view the works on exhibition.
Entries in the Regional Creative Generation Exhibition for Excellence in Visual Art Education
Congratulations to Holly Gibson, Georgina Harvey, Laura Nicholl sand Emily Baker whose works have been selected as part of the regional exhibition of entries into the 2016 Creative Generation Exhibition at Redlands Gallery on 11 September – please come along and support the girls. From the 10 Regional exhibitions around Queensland, up to 40 works will be selected to hang in GOMA. Fingers crossed that these girls will have their considerable talents recognised and join a long line of past students honoured in this exhibition. Image below: Georgina Harvey, Holly Gibson, Emily Baker and Laura Nicholls.
Holly Gibson: Veil Georgina Harvey: Insight
Entries for Energies Exhibition @ Gold Coast Art Gallery
Li En Peng H: 2 metres x 1.5 metres mixed media, Audrey Songvilay film stills, Bianca Mulheron photographic series, Maddy Thornton H: 1.5 x 1 metre photogram, Holly Gibson and Michelle Hsu.
Li En Peng Child’s Play Audrey Sonvilay stills from film Dysphoria
Bianca Mulheron Simulacra et Simulation
Maddy Thornton Flux: Bleached Reef
Michelle Hsu Lovely Bones
Holly Gibson I am Here
Visual Cultures & Possible Futures Symposium
The event was a huge success. Thank you to all involved – to our Visual Culture Prefects; Holly Gibson, Li En Peng, Sara Shuttlewood and Michelle Hsu, so proud of you
Our hugely impressive presenters – from seasoned lecturers and international speakers to our youngest past student – Anastaszia Ward continued to praise our prefects and all our girls throughout the day and in messages afterwards, as did visiting teachers from other schools. Peter’s wish that our girls find their voice and their passion, and genuinely express it from their heart was realised in so many ways throughout the day. We missed Donna Marcus who was delayed in Perth installing her latest public art work, however, she streamed those proceedings to us on the day we were able to experience the event with her. Virginia Rigney’s image is missing from the post above; her presentation was truly inspiring and I’m sure those present have a new respect for the work of our local gallery..
Year 11 Life Drawing Masterclass with Skye Llewellyn
Thursday 10 March saw the Yr 11 Visual Art class learning from the very talented Skye Llewellyn in a 3 hour life drawing class in the Old Library Art Studio. The studio that is soon to be converted into our new Visual Arts Faculty Centre for Excellence and will house FTVNM, Visual Art and Media Art subjects, provided the perfect venue for the after-school class. The students were just a little amazed at their capabilities and enjoyed the evening. They have a new appreciation of this centuries old ‘seeing’ practice that is essentially a set of skills for translating from three into two dimensions.
Another Fabulous Labyrinth Experience for Year 11 @ Fingal
For 15 years, our visual art students have been introduced to the Senior Work Program through this ritual. This year’s Year 11 class took the 10 hour journey to explore the centre and back on a spectacular day and full moon evening at Fingal Beach. We pondered the idea of an Alumni Labyrinth in 2017 to celebrate the opening of the new Centre for Excellence in the Visual Arts.
Our Senior Visual Art Program is based on the metaphor of the Labyrtinth
The path leads you on a circuitous, but guided path to the centre before a return to the world. It invites a connection with intuition, creativity, insight and imagination, the treasures gleaned then undergo an objective investigation involving research, critical analysis, synthesis and reflection. At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the centre of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. Moving through a labyrinth changes ordinary ways of perception by connecting the inner and the outer, logic and instinct, it is both involutional and the evolutional. ”
In the sense that artists explore their ideals and speculate on the meaning of matters of defining importance to them in their art, it is a spiritual endeavor.”
Jonathan Fineberg, Art Since 1940, Strategies of Being. Preface. Second Edition, 2003
See high lights of our Year 12 visit to UQ + QAGOMA APT8 17 Feb
Some insights into the Philosophy of our Faculty
Images and art objects are an essential ‘first language’, and as such, fluency in visual literacy is accessible to everyone from the start, and for the whole of their life, given sequential exposure to a quality visual education.
Almost every child in every culture makes drawings in an effort to understand their world. Children understand the power of marks, the movement of a line through space, the essence of colour to evoke emotion and the power of images to hold great intent and carry personal meaning. However, as with other forms of literacy, without practice and an appreciation of sequential development, understanding and skill levels remains under developed.
Supported by the research work of some of the 21st century luminaries such as Howard Gardner, Elliot Eisner and Antonio Damazio, and cognizant of research into best practice in girls’ education, St Hilda’s Visual Art work programmes privilege visual literacy as a powerful expressive form and a philosophically engaging, academic pursuit.
The power of the visual to translate, emit and express huge concepts, not to mention help us share in the perception of some great minds, is undeniable. Equally important, is the fact that we live in a visual environment full of images that students must be able to read and critique, especially in the media, if they are not to become victims to the selfish whims of vested interest etc.
Critical literacy in the visual environment is as important as it is in the written and verbal one. There are some things (feelings, knowings, realisations, memories) that cannot be approximated to words.
above: Lia by Li En Peng, graphite and watercolour on mixed media paper
Visual Art will make students better thinkers … and nicer people.
A new study supports our hunch that kids who are exposed to the arts gain benefits beyond being ‘more creative. “We don’t know if art makes you better at critical thinking when solving a puzzle or a math problem,” says Greene. “But we don’t have to translate math and reading into art to know they’re good. Why should we have to translate art into reading and math? Art is doing something on its own and that’s what we care about.” Jennifer Miller
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Enjoy images of our FABULOUS Year 7 Eco-Warrior Artists’ Wearable Art Show
In the form of an ISSUE publication – click the image below
Congratulations Holly Gibson: a honed and mindful visual awareness with an impact
Holly’s work Body Image has taken the prize for best manipulated image at Capture. The work was one of 800 entries and one of 5 finalists. Holly is a Year 11 student studying Visual Art and Film, TV and New Media. Her prolific output in the Visual Art final task; Synaesthesia: Psychological Self-Portraits has been quite outstanding.
The work will now be displayed in the Reeves Gallery along with several of her other works that clearly point to Holly’s honed and mindful visual awareness.
Della Evans will be speaking at the Gold Coast Art Gallery
Della was one of 5 finalists in the Radfly Art Prize for Imprints of Memory judged on Friday 16 October … AND DELLA WON!
“‘Imprints of Memories’ talks about change and transformation particularly through emotion and experience. A hospital symbolizes life events and my work overlays these with emotional content. Being sick as a baby in the recently demolished Gold Coast Hospital had a permanent affect on my life, not only emotionally but also physically. The lighting, framing and subject matter serve as a metaphor for the emotions evoked by this event. The work encapsulates the notion of physical and psychological imprints left by the people who have now been released in the demolition of the building.”
Speakers included: Alan Griffith, architect of Council’s existing Surfers Paradise Administration Building, which is being demolished to make way for the new Cultural Precinct Local creative Claudio Kirac presents his personal documentation project on the change of Pacific Fair Dr Nicole Sully, Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Queensland.
Mari Hirata Artist Visit
Year 11 Visual Art students were very lucky to have a visit from the talented Mari Hirata on 20 October. Students are studying the photographic medium as a meaning making tool for their Psychological Self-Portrait Unit and Mari took them through some ‘old school techniques’ with fine art outcomes. Several of Mari’s works were acquired for the new Gold Coast University Hospital Collection. ONLINE
Read about the subject from our students’ point of view
“We are guided and directed in our works and assessments, but really, it is a very independently driven course, which has not only helped me to manage my time efficiently but prepared me for university. I have learned so much – both academically and personally.” Daisy Lee 2014
Our inspired students have gone on to study and work in an exponentially growing range of careers having learned valuable life-long skills from their time in the subject – flexible thinking, resilience, creative problem solving, and importantly for life/job satisfaction, how to recognise and exploit a ‘flow experience’. Not every girl goes on to work in the Arts, however; the subject has a positive impact and students attribute part of their success to the critical and creative thinking they engage in as they enjoy the breadth of opportunities the program offers.
With careers they love, from software design to law, high fashion to medicine, architecture to psychology, as practicing artists, curators and designers, our girls are thriving in an ever changing and increasingly visual world. One thing they have in common is a love of and commitment to life-long learning, critical thinking and the ability to see and appreciate what the world has to offer.
Our inquiry-learning process enables this approach to art and to life, and encourages personal responses to contemporary issues.
Remember … Art can do incredible things for your mind and body …
Left: Li En Peng’s work in progress in preparation for the 2016 Energies Exhibition
Read about a study into the benefits of look at and making art: LINK
“The visual art production intervention involved the development of personal expression and attentional focus on self-related experience during art creation.” Utilizing motor skills and thinking about art together becomes more beneficial instead of doing either separately.”
Below is a timelapse video of the Year 7 Rangoli project. The students investigated the tradition of rangoli making by Hindi women and then constructed individual, small group and then this large communal piece. The rangoli is traditionally made by women during Deepawali and other Indian festivals. Our rangolis use a mass of recyclable materials.
Telephone Noir by Annalise Whittingham, Eve McCauley, Angeline Holley.
The Visual Arts at St Hilda’s has a rich curriculum offering a confluence of experiential and research-based practice supported by enhanced opportunities in a variety of co-curricular activities such as: renowned guest speakers and artist workshops, Creative Generations Award for Excellence in Visual Art Education, Energies Exhibition for Excellence in Art at the Gold Coast Art Gallery, Labyrinth Day, master classes,life-drawing classes, The Making Meaning Exhibition, and excursions.
Head of Faculty Alana Hampton is a passionate Visual Arts educator with a long history of advocacy and innovation in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Education) from the University of Tasmania. Her teaching career spans three Australian states and the three sectors of primary, secondary and tertiary education. In Tasmania, she held positions as Head of Faculty at Prospect High School and Teacher of Photography and Art History at the Hobart College.
After moving to Queensland. Alana was appointed as teacher of Visual Art at St Hilda’s School in 1994 while working at Griffith University School of Education and School of Art as a sessional lecturer. In 2004, she was appointed Head of Faculty, Visual Arts. Alana has been a State Panellist for the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority in Visual Arts for 10 years, a member of the writing committee for the current Queensland Syllabus for Senior Visual Art and a Reference Group representative for the new Senior Visual Art Syllabus recently published for implementation in 2019.
“I’ve seen the power that engaged learning in the visual arts can bring to the lives of young people. It opens them to the habit of inquiry and reflection, the expression of a considered voice, the development of a personal philosophy, and necessitates a heightened awareness of the world – all in one package. Art is a direct route to an inquisitive and meaningful life – we all deserve more than just a little of this; it is an essential building block of a healthy, connected, thinking community.” From the Culture Champions
As a practicing artist, Alana works in the medium of photography, video and drawing. Her collaborative work, Lorikeet Island is a resource for the Australian Curriculum C2C materials. An Arts Queensland Regional Arts Development Fund Grant supported this nine-channel video work and sound installation made with Marian Drew. The accompanying education resource materials are available online
Curriculum Vitae http://www.alanahampton.com/#!cv/c12xa
Susan Sanburg is an accomplished educator with more than 35 years’ experience. Susan has dedicated the past 29 years to girls’ education, advocating the middle years are key to expanding a student’s potential and self belief. Susan joined St Hilda’s in 1986 as a Visual Arts teacher and held several senior roles prior to being appointed the Head of Middle School in 2004. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Susan has led the development of both academic and pastoral programs. Her passion for learning and outdoor education led the evolution and development of the Years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 school camps. A St Hilda’s parent herself, she understands the joys of both parenting and teaching young women. Susan holds a Masters of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Behaviour Management from Griffith University and a Diploma of Teaching from Kelvin Grove Teacher’s College.
Ben Andrews is an experienced Media Arts teacher who is passionate about film, media and new technologies and the opportunities they bring to each student.
He holds a Bachelor of Multimedia from Griffith University and taught Virtual Reality (VRML), Sound, Image and Video Compression and Multimedia authoring as part of the Griffith University School of Information Technology. Ben worked at Brisbane Boys’ College as the Educational Multimedia Coordinator, before commencing as the Digital Media support officer at St Hilda’s School in 2004 and undertaking his Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary).
Over the past five years, he has undertaken a variety of bespoke digital design projects incorporating a variety of CNC technologies such as Digital Engraving, Cutting and FDM (3D Printing ABS, PLA) techniques, which he teaches as part of the Design and Technology subject.
Ben joined the Middle School as Head of Year 8 in 2012, and in this role focuses on supporting the girls as they develop their individual identity and transition through the Middle Years of education. He teaches across the Visual Art (Media Arts; Film, Television and New Media) and Design (Design and Technology) faculties.
Geoff Powell is Head of St Hilda’s Learning Institute and holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) and a Graduate Diploma in IT from Melbourne University and a Masters of Education (Hons) in Computing from Monash University. He has been adapting technology into classrooms around the world for many years and is responsible for overseeing St Hilda’s iPad and MacBook initiatives.
Previously, he was Director of Computing at Geelong Grammar School in Victoria and spent time as an Exchange Fellow at Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts, USA). He has also worked on projects in the Hartford and Killingworth School Districts (USA), Bermuda, Fiji, New Zealand and on exchange programs in Bangladesh.
Geoff is an Apple Distinguished Educator; and St Hilda’s was awarded recognition as an Apple Distinguished School in 2013. Geoff has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally, including the NECC, AAL and Bb World conferences in the USA. He has also presented workshops across the USA, Asia and the South Pacific.
In 2004, as part of an aid project, he established and was the founding principal of a small boarding school in the Yasawan Islands of Fiji before returning to work at St Hilda’s School.
GoSHA Link Our own online gallery of student work from 1997 to the present