Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Artist Profile
We have something different for this edition of the Artist Profiles, we have four students being interviewed. Ella Boon, Lani Cairn, Martha Schenk and Sophie Wallace from the Year 12 ATAR Visual Art class who are about to finish their journey in the Nagle Arts Department. These young ladies have been interwoven with the Arts Department since they started at Nagle, with their journey reaching an ‘Artistic peak’ in their Year 12 ATAR course.
All four students have revelled in the creative opportunity that the course has provided them, as they say that the refreshing challenge of creating something original, has been more enjoyable than more conventional “textbook” courses.
They have all jumped at the opportunity to use their artwork to promote a message or stir conversation about their chosen topics, for example; Lani Cairn’s latest piece, encapsulating her opinion on tampon tax and women’s rights.
From Sophie’s piece encapsulating her growing disconnection with nature, Martha’s perspective as a German Australian and Ella’s insight into children and families in the Bosnian war, there are a wide variety of themes and perspectives being displayed.
The excitement that these young ladies show towards their subject inspires and motivates their peers and each other. They work in a very team-orientated group, and they all agree that there is a lot of collaboration and advice being shared around, leading to more complete and polished assessment pieces.
Although the difficulties associated with their exams and tasks are great, the young ladies say they are inclined to give up their weekends and lunch times, because the satisfaction of a finished project is so immense.
The unique learning environment that these young ladies have been involved with has produced some astounding pieces, and we would like to congratulate them for this. Well done to Ella, Lani, Martha and Sophie on their outstanding contribution to the Nagle Arts Department over the years, and best wishes for the future.
After four years of optional art, and an additional 2 years of pain and suffering in ATAR Visual Art, our close-knit family of four has finally succeeded in producing the masterpieces and dumpster fires of our schooling career. With our final art pieces on the road to SCSA under the careful supervision of Mr Grigsby, we finally have a moment to reflect on our time spent in the art department. To summarise the experience briefly, it was many sleepless nights and countless afternoons spent deliberating the art making process, feuding with Mother Lamb and Camp Dad Griggers over who’s idea would score the most WACE points. While Lani wrangled her dozen pairs of underwear into the sewing machine again and again, Sophie endured countless laps between the D&T and art rooms that have left her with rock hard abs. All the while Ella’s hard-core procrastination resulted in many bite sized crises, and Martha repainted her art work thrice on the dooms day due date. Overall, we’ve enjoyed spending the last two years of art together, becoming closer as a little family and supporting each other through our differences. We would like to extend our warm thankyous to Mr Grigsby for dealing with our teenage girl dramas and Mrs Lamb for constantly reminding us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, sorry for all the grief that our art has caused you. Rest easy, we’ve finally made it.
Ella Boon, Lani Cairn, Martha Schenk and Sophie Wallace