Student display opens

GALLERY: Bradley Mudge, Jessica Young, Bailey Thatcher-Neek, Cameron Chivell and Shyan Smith stand next to their art. Absent: Chloe Pearce.
GALLERY: Bradley Mudge, Jessica Young, Bailey Thatcher-Neek, Cameron Chivell and Shyan Smith stand next to their art. Absent: Chloe Pearce.

Students at John Pirie Secondary School have had their artworks added to the wonders of the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery with their exhibition of work officially opening last Monday. 

The works have been completed by M36 students who used paper to create unique and technical shapes to eventually form a picture. 

The idea for the pieces were raised by their teacher Deb Tregilgas, who had found the idea on Pinterest. 

The curved paper and delicate sticking was the first time the class ventured into the 3D art world, and Deb says it was perfect for what she wanted them to learn. 

“The kids worked really well on it. It appealed to them”, she said.

“It was a lot of hand-eye coordination work and a lot of talking about what they wanted to achieve, what the shapes could look like, how they could change and some of them are not what they started out doing but it is what they created in the end that matters.” 

Students found themselves engaged in the artwork, doing a lot of experimenting with things they had never done before. 

Shyan Smith explained the picture that she made with the paper. 

“I made trumpet flowers because trumpets are a brass instrument and they are usually used for jazz and when I made the trumpets, it was just rolling the paper and sticking it to make panels, and then sticking it together on the cardboard to make a trumpet flower”, she said. 

Other students created pictures such as flower pot men and transformers. 

Their teacher is incredibly proud of the creations and explained that after this work, they will be going onto look at carving and making some totem poles. 

“What I am most amazed at is how well it has stuck together. We spent some time experiment with the shapes, developing them and turning them into things.”

“They learnt about dimension, different style, about referencing other pieces and the work ethic in practice and experimenting. Especially in changing their ideas.”

The exhibition will stay open until Sunday November 25.