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.
You’ve heard others say it – ‘I’m not really creative’. You might say it about yourself or even about one of your children.
There’s an assumption in the statement – that creativity is something you’re either born with, or you’re not.
Independent Schools Victoria doesn’t share this assumption. Of course, some people seem to be naturally creative, inherently more artistic than others. But that doesn’t mean that creativity isn’t something that we can’t learn.
Student art exhibitions provide a voice for the ideas of young people and a critical space for dialogue. They also have the potential to connect communities and provide complex yet accessible opportunities for learning.
The creative power of the arts can be mapped and recorded to build empowered and knowledgeable arts creators and consumers who are able to function effectively in the 21st century.
Nature Destroyed by Madeleine Moraitis, Alphington Grammar
I love the artwork because it is a message about how art is a means of communicating strong messages. I think the torn canvas is a clever way to emphasise the way the artist’s voice emerges from the canvas. The message is very topical for our times as urbanisation and globalisation impact the environment.
– Lili-Ann, Education Consultant
Flying by Harrison Sealey, Bayview College
This artwork caught my eye as I find black and white photography striking, yet simple at the same time. Without the distraction of colour, it is very engaging. I get a sense of freedom from this artwork and an enjoyment of life. Despite life being a balancing act at times, this artwork also inspires a sense of hope and is uplifting.
– Maria, Education Consultant, Careers
Portrait with Hazel Eyes by Alexandra Ganci, Alphington Grammar
This painting portrays a young man who it seems may have secrets, hidden stories and problems that he does not wish to share. The background of the painting is nondescript, drawing attention to the man’s eyes, which may harbour the conflict within him. This man has an intense stare – and my interpretation is that it is not a stare of innocence, but one of strength and determination.
– Pam, Education Consultant, Pathways
Double Portrait by Pallavi Daniels, Alphington Grammar
The first thing that captivated me about this artwork was the piercing eyes. With the clever use of layers of dark to light tones, my attention was then drawn to the face hovering within. To me, this depicts the bright inner life we all carry with us as a guide through external ups and downs. Even when we are surrounded by darkness, the light within can see beyond and provide comfort.
– Rachele, Education Consultant
Ballet Image by Keah Mizzi, Bayview College
As a dancer myself, this piece reminds me of the beauty of classical ballet and the unadulterated joy to be found in movement and expression.
– Sarah, School Services Advisor