In Term 2 the senior art students had two trips to the Tauranga Art Gallery.
All senior art students (Years 12 &13) visited the TOP ART 2021 Exhibition. Top Art is an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of the NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year from across New Zealand. Five streams were covered: design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
The Year 11,12 & 13VAR students attended the gallery to take part in a practical mural painting workshop with local contemporary artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa). In this workshop, the artist worked with students to explain how he approaches large scale artworks by visiting his site-specific work ‘Kotahitanga’ across from the gallery in Masonic Park. Students learnt about space, architecture, design, and applications processes and techniques.
Both trips were incredibly successful from working alongside a well-known artist to seeing ‘real’ top external folios in person – rather than small on a digital screen. They have been an inspiration for upcoming artwork for the senior students’ external folio boards that are currently in progress.