School students shine at Art Academy exhibition

20 September 2016

School students shine at Art Academy exhibition

School students who are studying at NorthTec’s Art Academy will display their work at a special exhibition at the Geoff Wilson Gallery.

Open to the public from 23 Sept to 6 Oct, Hexalogy showcases the works of six Art Academy students. The title is not only suggestive of the number of students exhibiting, but is also illustrative of a sense of cohesiveness within the quality of the works.

Overall the students suggest that the viewer bring their own interpretation to their works, and take with them an opening for further thought and questioning.

The Art Academy is a secondary-tertiary partnership, where secondary school students are given the opportunity to learn about professional practice in the arts at NorthTec’s Raumanga campus.

Students come to NorthTec once a week from their respective secondary schools to develop their understanding of the tertiary environment. In addition, field trips - where students visit galleries and studios - and skills-based holiday programmes form part of the Art Academy curriculum.

NorthTec arts tutor, Lisa Clunie, says: The Art Academy is a chance for the students to get an idea of what studying arts is like in the tertiary sector, and how to become professional practitioners in the creative industries.”

She said the Academy helps guide students through the transition between secondary and tertiary education. Tyler Arnold, a current Art Academy student, comments on the opportunities that this affords: “Gaining the knowledge necessary to be qualified in the field of arts, meeting new people, interpreting their art works, seeing their perspectives and what inspires them in order to help make my own work.”

The Art Academy is in its third year, with plans to develop further into the digital design sector in 2017, with content planned to include web design, animation and video production.

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