Everyone relaxes and unwinds in different ways. Some do this through exercise, meditation or cooking. But there is a small select group every year who find art relaxing and choose to pursue it as an ATAR subject throughout Years 11 and 12.
While the 2021 cohort of ATAR Visual Art students have concluded their high school art journey, the impact of their final pieces remains with their teachers, peers and the College. Meaningful pieces were created throughout the course of the year, with Visual Art student award winner and graduate, Kiara Flannigan reflecting on her two-year ATAR Visual Art journey, “Art is really just one of those outlets for me…[for] when I need to calm down or be mindful”. Kiara’s piece “House of Cards” was inspired by the concept of domestic violence and the family structure. Inspired by tarot cards, she assigned each card to a different character in the family and used Artline illustrations and colour on MDF boards to create a ‘House of Cards’. The fragility of her art piece is symbolic of the fragility of the family structure, and while it is something quite negative it is an important issue that she believes should be highlighted.
The course allows students to use visual language to express ideas and use the skills they honed throughout lower school to produce meaningful artwork. The art they create is not restricted to painting however. Artline, fabric and comics are just some of the mediums past students have used to express their creativity in ATAR Visual Art.
2020 graduate Lucy Lin was privileged enough to have her final piece “Grandma’s Garden” featured in Pulse Perspectives 2021. College ATAR Visual Art graduates have been lucky enough to be featured in the Perspectives Art Exhibitions on several occasions now, highlighting the high standard of care and professionalism along with nurturing the Visual Art teachers provide to the students at the College.
With ATAR Visual Art being “stressful but fun at the same time”, Kiara encourages students who enjoy art to consider continuing it in Senior School. “We need more people in the Arts courses. It [would have been] nice for there to [have been] more people to bounce off ideas…but it [was nice to get] a lot of attention and one on one time.”
If you are not planning on pursing an ATAR journey, the college runs General Visual Art as well meaning it really is a course for anyone no matter what pathway they are on. We wish the 2021 ATAR Visual Arts graduates all the best for the future and cross our fingers that perhaps they are lucky enough to be featured in the 2022 Pulse Perspectives Exhibition.