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Student Art on Show


For the eleventh year running the students from the Portland Secondary College will have their art on show at the Portland Arts Centre as part of the school’s smART Art program.The program displays the art of all visual art students from years seven to 11 in one exhibition with a range of mediums and themes explored. PSC art teacher David Burgoyne said it was a great opportunity for the public to see all of the hard work and talent that the students possess. "The purpose of it is to celebrate the creativity and skill of the kids, we also want to try and show the range of media that kids can use in visual arts.


"Different year levels have different focuses which range from two dimensional mediums such as, lino-prints, drawing and photography to three dimensional mediums like ceramics and mask making."The higher you go up through the year levels the more independent the kids are with their work, with the year sevens we set a theme around a media which the kids explore and create their own work," said Mr Burgoyne."Once you get to year nine or ten the kids are starting to have independent directions for their work and then matching the media to suit their ideas."With smART having run for such an extended period now, Mr Burgoyne said that you can see the progress of the students over time, adding another interesting layer to an already impressive exhibition."The main point is to get their (the student’s) stuff out there so that they can be a proud of their work and see the result of the developmental work that they do," he said. "It’s also interesting to track from how they started in year seven and see their progress as they go through to year 11."While the exhibition is currently open for viewing it will have its opening night on Monday August 31 from 5-6pm at Portland Arts Centre. The exhibition will run until September 18 and is open from 9an to 5pm on weekdays and 1pm to 4pm on weekends.


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