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Artistically talented students from Reception to Year 12 once again participated in the SALA School Art Show. This show, now in its third year, began as a way to connect schools and the community, and include students as a part of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival. This is an annual festival, established in 1998, that celebrates emerging and established living artists within our state. Each August, hundreds of galleries, cafes, homes and art friendly spaces showcase the variety of art produced by our artists. Being a part of this festival rightly recognises our students as artists, and encourages their art making and involvement within the arts community.

Hosted by Investigator College in 2017, Victor Harbor R-7 School in 2018, and Encounter Lutheran College in 2019, the show continues to grow in many ways. With increasing numbers of students involved in the show, the amount of creative, eye-catching and beautiful works has certainly grown, as well as teachers and community members who are willing to support and encourage the continuation of the show, and our ability to hold an Opening event to launch the show each year. Victor Harbor High School, Port Elliot Primary School and Goolwa Primary School will host the shows over the next three years.

Works from Investigator College were bold, colourful and diverse! Receptions created silk screen prints of fantastical creatures and collage pieces inspired by the picture book, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’.  Other primary levels took us to the ocean, to bugs in our gardens, and to the time of the bushrangers with their Nolan Ned Kelly appropriations. Works showcased skills in oil pastel, paint, photography and collage.

The Middle School continued the talent and diversity. Students channelled Banksy, with stencil lino cuts voicing passionate world issues, and the Pop Artists with brightly painted works and fast food sculptures.

Works from our senior school ranged from refined paintings to sophisticated photography, and drew on a range of ideas and influences to communicate artistic intentions.

Many in attendance at the show’s Opening, and over the weekend, commented on the diverse and talented art students from our school.

Once again, this year we were invited to the SALA Credit Union SA School Awards. These are awards to recognise outstanding student artwork in SALA. Around 40 school exhibitions across the state are involved in SALA. Credit Union SA organised for teachers and selected students from the schools involved in our show to be bussed to the Art Gallery of South Australia for the awards night. Unfortunately we did not take home one of the winning prizes this year (we did in 2018).

However, the atmosphere was a buzz, and students who attended had fun in the photo booth and drawing on Perspex plinths. We also organised to attend the Art Gallery before the show. Primary and secondary students on the excursion had discussions around what particular pieces of art meant to them. This was a great exercise that encouraged students to share creative, thoughtful and deep ideas they had about art, and to learn from their peers.

Looking forward to doing it all again next year!

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