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Visual Artists on Excursion

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Week 4, Term One, 2020

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Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts students embarked on an excursion to Southbank to admire the art at QAGOMA in Week 4. We had the opportunity to check out amazing works by Australian artists from the insanely photorealistic Bad Dad by local Brisbane artist, Michael Zavros to the 2017 short film, Don’t Look at the Finger by UK filmmaker, Heitain Patel.

The exclusive Water exhibition explored the precious resource and aimed to spark conversations on the environmental and social changes faced by the world today, through major immersive experiences, to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists.

The didactics for the artworks allowed us to understand the concepts behind the pieces and gave us inspiration on how to incorporate new ideas into our own work. It also helped us unpack the different elements in the art, a skill useful for the comparative studies and art exams that are coming up soon. This skill is also useful for the IB students who have been working hard on their Extended Essay on the subject.

This excursion would have not taken place if it were not for the efforts of Mr Keefer, Ms Scandrett and Mrs Coombes. Their optimism and enthusiasm made the whole experience possible.

Overall, the excursion was a success and gave insight into art in the real world and pieces that we might not have found by just browsing the internet.

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