The 2019 Arts Festival was held on a cold and wind swept night in November. The crowd of excited students and their parents huddled in the glowing warmth of the fishbowl to view the vast array of artwork showcasing the diverse talent and dedication of students at MWSC. But this year something was different, it was more stylish, sharp and professional, almost bespoke – it was our new black display boards! Look out Mona! Our exhibition space dazzled with its new colour and form, and true to form became a sublime framework to display the prodigious amount of student work.
On display were water colours, oils, drawings, printmaking, photography and digital art works. 3D works made from a range of materials: glass, polystyrene and modelling clay. Of note was spectacular series of sewing on photography that drew on ideas of cultural identity. The Visual Communication and Design students drew on a broad range of applications: architectural presentations, communication design, and industrial design. Year 12 student Shruti G collaborated with Monash Technical School to 3D print a model interior for an architectural office space.
Later on in the warmth of the Theatrette we enjoyed some outstanding Performing Arts. Two Drama Solos: Ethan B (Yr 12) and Chelsea O (Yr 11). We also watched two Media films by Bach N (Yr 11) and Patrick L (Yr 12). Finally we enjoyed an amazing Cello performance by Alex L (Yr 11).
Congratulations to all the award winners. Such a successful night would not have been possible without the commitment of our Arts teachers. Their passion and energy is the driving force behind the success of our students. A big thank you goes to them.
A last thank you to Mrs Tijtjte Keatley, Ms Melissa Knowles and the Music staff and students most of whom unfortunately did not get to play due to the inclement weather. We do appreciate all the time and effort that was put into organising several bands to be ready for this event. A big thank you to Ms Melissa Knowles and her clarinet ensemble of 5 dedicated students who braved the cold and wind to play for us. The lovely irony of Gershin’s ‘Summertime‘ was not lost on me! Only in Melbourne!
Ms Jane Carter
Head of Arts