Senior Art Trip

 Senior Art Trip 2019

A bright and early Friday morning at Gold Coast Airport saw just over 20 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 plus 4 teachers depart on this year's Art trip to Melbourne. It was a very busy weekend that did involve lots of walking but, most importantly, creativity.

Our first stop was The Art Room where we met hyperrealist artist, Jennifer Whitten and completed a workshop where she spoke about colour theory. We even had the chance to complete a picture using the colour theory she taught us.

The next day saw us view some of the street art for which Melbourne is well known. We created our very own postcards inspired by a part of the street art that we saw. Then we visited Queen Victoria Markets for some free time.  Visiting both National Gallery of Victoria sites was inspirational for a lot of us. After a long day, we all enjoyed some more free time and a group dinner.

Our final day on this trip consisted of a motivating visit to contemporary drawing and painting artist, Nic Plowman, followed by lunch at Queen Victoria Markets where sadly our trip came to a close. I would highly recommend anyone in the Senior years to do this Art trip because it provided a new experience everywhere we went. My thanks must go to Mr O'Keefe, Ms Nairn, Ms Gair and Ms Lems for taking time away from their busy lives to accompany us.

Ben Crilly
Year 12 Insider 

From the 11-13 October, a group of Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students – alongside the College Art teachers Mr Stephen O'Keefe, Ms Bernadette Gair, Ms Jo Nairn and Ms Jenny Lems – spent their weekend taking in the rich artistic culture of Melbourne.

While the feat of waking up at 4am to catch a 6am flight seemed insurmountable, in hindsight I would say that it was all worth it. From the second we landed in Melbourne, I found myself fascinated by the diverse metropolis and its bustling streets. Our group stayed in The Village Melbourne, which offered a homely atmosphere to unwind after long days of walking around the city. We also went out for group dinners at Italian and Chinese restaurants, where we got to know each other over delicious food.

We had the privilege of meeting two esteemed artists in practice, Jennifer Whitten and Nic Plowman, who offered us valuable knowledge in colour theory and communicating personal meaning through art respectively. Both Jennifer and Nic shared their experiences in the art world with us and their passion for what they do; it was very interesting to hear how a practicing artist works and lives.

Alongside meeting some of the professionals, we had the opportunity to view the insane street art within Melbourne's alleyways and buildings. Seeing the layering of street artists' work over many years was really intriguing and was the highlight of my trip, personally. After roaming through many arcades, shopping districts, cafes and business hubs, we made our way to the National Gallery of Victoria and the Ian Potter Centre, where we observed national and international works varying from modern to traditional to ancient art.

Altogether, the trip was an extremely rewarding experience; I feel as though I have learnt many things that I wouldn't have learnt anywhere else. I'd like to thank the Art department and the school for making this trip a reality.

Madeline Hore
Year 11