The Year 10 Visual Arts class has been developing their portrait painting skills during Term 3. Each student has produced a portrait of an individual who is significant to them. The class has produced a range of works from realistic to semi abstract and engaged in the rigorous discipline of creating.
Jessica reflects on her choice of Mr David Janzen as her subject (Head of Christian Studies and Science teacher).
“When I was in Year 7, I used to catch the bus most afternoons. I was curious, inquisitive and naïve. I had so many questions about the world, and no one to ask them to! But Mr Janzen was a teacher that authentically answered all my queries about the world, with honesty and hope. I appreciated the fact that he treated all his students with respect and care, even when we were not the most focused students!
Mr Janzen is leaving Tara at the end of the term, I’m going to really miss him. I’m going to miss the deep conversations, the Covid Chats, the memes and the memories. DJ is truly a one of a kind teacher, whose kindness and heart for others transcends beyond the marking criteria or assessment task.
My work aims to reflect the kindness that DJ shows to his students, through my colour palette and use of impasto medium to provide texture and warmth to his face. He has left a significant impression on me as a learner and I wish him all the best in his new role.”
Elaine reflects on the creative process and the choice to paint her father.
“I decided to paint my dad for this assessment, because he has always been a huge inspiration for me, in every area of my life, so naturally, he became my muse for this artwork. I learnt so much about painting, and I was able to improve my skills with the help of Mrs Kamanga. I am proud of my development in visual arts this term.”
Sydney reflects on her artwork subject.
“I have chosen to paint my grandmother as she has always brought a warm presence to every stage of my life. She has played a large role in my life and I wanted to thank her for her kindness with this portrait.
Throughout this unit, we have developed our portraiture skills and how to communicate the subject’s character through composition, colour and style.”