HSC bodies of work

Gal10
Gal1
Gal2
Zane3
Zane2
Zane1
Tali5
Tali2
Tali1
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Michael3
Michael2
Michael1
Hannah3
Hannah2
Hannah1
Georgia3
Genevieve7
Georgia1
Genevieve6
Genevieve1
ErinA
Erin4B
Erin4A
Danielle_3
Danielle_2
Danielle_1
BOW_4
Bella2
Bella3
Bella1
Ari3
Ari2
Ari1
Amber6
Amber5
Amber4
Allegra3
Allegra1
Allegra2
Alex3
Alex1
Alex2
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In many ways, for a student, learning can seem entirely about deciphering rules, structures, disciplines and frameworks; and these are all valuable lessons. Though, as we learn these structures, we are also faced with choices between our compliance and divergence within them. When do I obey and when do I rebel? The creative process navigates us through our learning, in a way that somehow synthesises these opposing impulses.   

When a student of Visual Arts arrives at their final year, they confront a unique undertaking. The Visual Arts ‘body of work’ needs to engage in and in turn communicate significant conceptual investigations of self and of the world around us. It needs to do so through the manipulation of a broad spectrum of materials and techniques and engage with the historical and contemporary contexts that ultimately inform all artists and their audiences.   With this brief, students face an empty space; a ‘blank canvas’. They must conceive and define their subject matter. They must develop their aesthetics and skill sets. They must cultivate and refine what will become their fundamental artistic practice.

The creative process that has driven each of the artworks in this year’s HSC Showcase is also the force that continues to fuel our cultural momentum. As such, it stands as a most valuable and essential human attribute, and one that each of the artists herein have embraced.

Emanuel School Visual Arts 

contemporary visual practice underpinned by our understanding of the past