The Junior Art curriculum is regularly showcased in student art exhibitions at school and in local art spaces. Students work towards producing public art to extend their audience. Work by Maryborough High students has been showcased in the Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery as part of the Harmony Day Collaborative painting, that involved Hervey Bay Indigenous artist, Les Ravenu. Year 8 Art students created a mosaic during term two this year whilst completing a "Jungle Ceramic" unit. Year 6 and 7 primary students also assisted to create hundred of leaves and insects to boarder the Year 8 tiles for the mosaic.
Year 9 Art classes have met visual artist, Jo Williams, whom conducted an 'artist talk' at Gatakers Artspace during a class excursion. This was a fantastic experience to see first-hand local art and to meet the artist who created the work.
Senior Visual Art students are exposed to a variety of contemporary media within highly engaging units of work. Students aim towards exhibiting their work in two major exhibitions including Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Art and Ignition Maryborough Secondary School combined exhibition. Senior Visual Art students have access to a range of equipment that allows them to develop their skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramic, sculpture and digital photography/video.
Alternatively, Year 11 and 12 students are able to complete a Certificate II in Visual Arts. This course offers a variety of learning experiences that includes 2D and 3D art.
Local and nationally recognised artists are sought to engage in workshops to enrich student learning opportunities. Currently students are working with internationally recognised Indigenous artist Emma Anderson to create a 'Respect, Responsibility, Results' mural at the school tuckshop.
Maryborough High promotes links with community through The Arts, including workshops and students exhibitions. This year we have exhibited a number of student artworks in the Ignition Maryborough Combined School's exhibition. The exhibition is held at Gatakers Artspace for the month of August 2014. This provides a fantastic opportunity for students to exhibit their artwork within the community.
In 2014, four students; Ashley Lynch, Courtney Wallace, Jade Penny and Sienna Sunn, were selected to exhibit their work at the Regional Exhibition. The exhibition will be held during the month of September at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on Thursday 18 September. For more information contact Head of Department, and North Coast Regional Coordinator, Liz Clout.
Year 6 and 7 Primary school students have been working in master classes over the semester towards an exhibition. The portraitures produced have been exhibited at the Maryborough Show and at the MADD concert. Master classes in term two, focused on ceramics and students have created some fantastic work. The talent that was demonstrated on the potter's wheel impressed American ceramic artist, Pricilla Gordon, who demonstrated throwing a pot.