Celebrating student art

Parents and community members had a chance to wander through Cambridge High School’s new $12.4 million classroom block recently, while perusing the work of talented student artists.

With term one drawing to a close, the student Arts Committee brought an extra splash of culture to the campus by running a visual art exhibition in S Block, which opened last December.


Jack Hay and Ruby Sem discuss Grace Parker’s work.

The two-storey, u-shaped building contains 15 classrooms and caters to more than 370 students.

Principal Greg Thornton said the facility was creating a range of exciting new opportunities.

“It’s full of life and it’s pretty cool to see how it’s being used,” he said.  “This exhibition, for example, was a lot easier to run than it has been in previous years because this space is perfect for it.”

The exhibition brought dozens of students flooding into classrooms S11 and S12 during a drizzly lunchtime.

Year 9 student Ruby Sem loved a painting display by Grace Parker.

“It looks like it’s been printed to be honest,” she said.

Mirinae Kang admires her favourite piece of art featured in the exhibition.

Millar Wallace, also in year 9, appreciated the chance to “see the world through other people’s eyes”.

Arts Committee co-chairs Ally Smith and Mirinae Kang said nine classes contributed to the exhibition, which drew about 30 parents later in the day.

The committee also invited students to paint 30cm² wooden plywood squares that will be pieced together to create a mural.

“I thought we might only get about five people, but there were about 80 or 90 people making art,” Ally said.

There are plans to hang the mural, which celebrates the school’s house system, somewhere on campus.

Cambridge High School year 9 students (from left) Caitlin Lewis, Ruby Sem, Abi Bell and Millar Wallace admire paintings by Grace Parker.

Ally Smith checks out some design work.

Arts committee co-chairs Mirinae Kang (left) and Ally Smith at the exhibition.

 

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