Students get inspired at Art Express

Art Express

This week, Sydney Distance Education High School hosted an excursion to the Art Express exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. This excursion was open to all Year 11 and Year 12 students who are currently studying Visual Arts through Distance Education.

Art Express

(“Ties” by Maddison Grounds – Woolooware High School)

Students had the opportunity to listen to three 2017 HSC students who have current works in this year’s Art Express exhibition. The 2017 HSC students showcased their works – which included graphic design, sculpture and film – and discussed with the crowd their artistic processes. The HSC students also gave the current Year 11 and Year 12 students great advice for when they start to think about their own major works. This advice, inspired by their own HSC experiences, encouraged students to focus on a topic that is “meaningful to them” instead of worrying about being “too political or philosophical”. They also gave anecdotal advice regarding time management, the benefits of asking for feedback during the artistic process, and the importance of having a strong concept before you start to create.

Art Express

Wall Drawing (“Vitam et mortem” by Sophie Heron – Kambala)

Sculpture  (“Ode to Onggi” by Oscar Lenior – The Scots College)

After the talks, during which students were encouraged to ask questions, we all visited the large exhibition hall that showcased the 2017 Art Express works. As explained on the Art Gallery’s website, “the exhibition encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based forms.” There was a great diversity in the art works and current students were blown away by how much talent was showcased in the room.

Art Express

(“Dead in the water: shelving the plans for the Great Barrier Reef” by Kaitlin Smith – St Joseph’s Regional College) 

Rivendell’s Visual Art students found the day very inspiring, fun and educational. They also appreciated the opportunity to meet with their Sydney Distance Education High School Visual Art teachers, as well as other Visual Arts students from across Sydney. For more information on the exhibition, please visit

Main cover image: (“The man who sold the world”  by Mital Kerai – Wyndham College)