approaches to abstraction
This collection of abstract paintings represents a diverse approach to what could be misconstrued as an easy brief: design and paint an abstract painting on a shaped panel.
Through the study of Paul Reed, colour symbolism and formal design elements such as line, shape, composition, unity, harmony, repetition and texture, students have responded to this brief with paint on board. Students have drawn upon organic and geometric forms to guide both their painted composition as well as the painted surface itself.
power and the gaze
Students explored the critical concept of the Gaze in art; how it has changed the way artists make art, as well as the ways audiences understand art. The artmaking focus has been on a performance artwork and a textile artwork. The study of the silhouette in art has extended students' understanding of the representation of self. The Gaze on social justice themes (such as racism, societal expectations, traditional notions of beauty, the impact of Covid 19 and mental health) have informed student’s choice of imagery.