Visual Arts News

Louise Hoy - Teacher of Visual Arts


The Visual Arts department were very excited to welcome Western Australian Portraiture artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi to the College on Monday 8 August 2016. Jana is an esteemed Western Australian artist who specialises in portraiture and has a fascination with portraying the essence or character of her sitter in a photo-realist style. Her artworks have been exhibited in The Archibald and Doug Moran National Portrait Prize as well as The Black Swan Portrait Prize, of which she has been a 5-time finalist and winner of the People's Choice Prize.

Jana began by visiting the Year 8 Art students and was very impressed by their tonal skull drawings. She emphasized how important it is to get to know your subject matter through extensive visual studies before beginning your final artwork. This resonated with the Year 8s as they will soon be constructing a ceramic skull as part of their Dia de Muertos project. Jana then spent time with the Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts students and gave them extensive feedback about their artworks. Finally, Jana concluded her visit with a one hour talk where she spoke about her artistic practice and gave insight into the steps she takes to produce her amazing photo-realistic portraits. Everyone was shocked to hear that she solely uses a palette knife for many of her artworks! Jana had this to say about her visit to the College:

"Your students are amazingly talented and you and your colleagues are lovely people with an appetite to learn and be the best in what you are doing. Great combination".

If you would like to know more about Jana and the workshops she offers, visit her website for more information:

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Named after the Blessed Fra Angelico, Patron before God of Artists, the annual Angelico Art Exhibition is a prestigious event for Catholic secondary schools and was opened on Tuesday 16 August at Forrest Centre in the city. Congratulations to the seven talented College Art students who had their artworks exhibited:

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Madeleine Murphy - Year 12, Think Pink, oil on canvas Nichola Clarke - Year 12, Still Life with a Pomegranate, oil on canvas
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Kiara Vivian - Year 12, The Silent Disease, graphite on board with photo transfer Ella Naismith - Year 7, Flickering Fish Lantern, ceramics
Jess Diffen, Isabela Martinez-Pumar and Elaine Chon - Year 9 group entry, Hope is the thing with feathers, ceramics