Welcome to isArtworks, an interactive, online gallery presentation by Independent Schools Victoria.
The gallery showcases the artworks displayed at our annual student art exhibitions and specially themed collections from 2005 to present day.
isArtworks provides a dynamic viewing experience of the constantly evolving collection. It offers insights into the unique perspectives of young people as expressed through their artwork and the changing arts education landscape, as well as access to resources to support the design of classroom learning programs.
The Australian edition of The Conversation recently ran a series called ‘Making Science for People’. Governments and universities, it noted, are making a priority of STEMM – science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
But real-world problems need more than just science. They need the creativity of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
One article reported on a recent project that explored the scientific and artistic aspects of Antarctic ice crystals, tiny things that have a big impact on larger climate processes.
The arts can open doors to the skills, attitudes and approaches to learning that provide young people with the tools to enable them to succeed in a highly competitive, complex and rapidly changing world.
Through its unique set of conceptual strategies and problem-solving skills, the arts can initiate new thinking on a diverse range of issues that formulate ideas for positive change.
Her by Kaylah Mason from Lakeside College
It’s hard to put into words the reasons any image captures my attention, but I guess portraits often show us what a person looks like, but they can also capture an idea of a person. I loved the colour palette and felt connected instantly to the thought of the massive influence that females have had in my life, my Mum, sisters, daughter, and partner.
– Carlos, Lead, Data and Business Analytics
Moss by Janie Cronje from Trinity Lutheran College
This photograph reminds me that even on our darkest days there is light, and that light brings hope, strength and growth. I think the piece is a timely reminder to us all that while life is an ongoing struggle, we all have our moments in the sun.
– Michael, Head of Research & Technology
Our School, a group project by Year 1 and Year 2 students from Lakeside College
I am intrigued by the abstract composition and vibrant palette used in this charming artwork. The mixture of colours and their irregular configuration projects an abundance of warmth and positive energy. Being audacious and curious also make this piece simple yet mesmerising. It is a sincere example of what celebration of creativity should look like.
– Pei Yi, Research Analyst
Think Happy Thoughts by Scarlet Scollo from Aitken College
I chose this piece by Scarlet because it sends a good message, to think happy thoughts. The hair strands reminded me of neural pathways that are the basis of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. As we use these neural pathways more and more every day, the deeper and more powerful it becomes like carved out channels in our brain, which helps us to internalise and ‘store’ happiness. Most people in the world right now are impacted by COVID-19. Some having to cope with the death of loved ones, to stay afloat in their livelihoods or battle with mental health. This piece evoked feelings of hope and a reminder to focus and lean into little joys even in wild weather.
– Winnie, Lead, Research