Students showcase art in exhibition

ART ON SHOW: Tenison Woods College Principal David Mezinec with digital creative arts and design teacher Yunita Manfrin as they prepare to view the 2021 Tenison Woods College Arts Showcase

TENISON Woods College specialist digital creative arts and design teacher Yunita Manfrin was given a huge challenge to host the annual Arts Showcase at the College, despite yet another year of tight COVID-19 restrictions.

Students in Years 7-12 have been working hard all year on their projects, this work is a result of Semester One Creative and Visual Arts Middle and Senior School students’ problem solving and creativity.

“Students had worked so hard to create some unique and interactive displays, which they were very proud of and couldn’t wait to share them with their family and friends, as well as with all students from across the college,” Ms Manfrin said.

When we found our restrictions were to be tightened, and the imminent cancellation of this event for the second year in a row was looming, I had to think

fast to come up with a way to continue forward with the event, taking an alternative pathway.”

Ms Manfrin discussed ideas with colleagues and students, and the idea of a roster system, with one class of students to attend the exhibition at a time was created.

“Students from across the college were given an up close and personal tour of the Arts Showcase, with their class teacher, at individual times throughout the week,” she said.

“This worked really well and students enjoyed the experience, as it formed an incursion, with something completely different for them to see and learn about, without leaving the College grounds.”

The exhibition included a mix of digital painting, traditional mediums such as pastels and acrylics, sculpture, photographic manipulation, vector illustration, animation, augmented reality and the two digital immersive experiences.

“Once we figured out how to present this event to students, we worked on a way to engage families and the wider community,” Ms Manfrin said.

“This has now become a digital gallery, accessible to anyone in the community to watch from the comfort of their homes.

“Viewers will be in awe of the unique experiences being created, from an immersive digital experience with the use of animation, sound and rear-projection, through to animated wearable fashion with the use of augmented reality and a smart phone – these designs are truly one-of-a-kind! It never ceases to amaze me at how creative our students are, and myself along with fellow arts teachers are so proud of their achievements.”