Wyndham College has received the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching for the second time, cementing the reputation of the senior secondary school’s art department as one of the state’s best.
The foundation is the official patron of ARTEXPRESS, an annual exhibition that features the best major works submitted by HSC art students, which is currently on show at the Art Gallery of NSW and touring major regional galleries.
ARTEXPRESS celebrates student achievement and reflects high quality teaching and learning in visual arts education.
The Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott, congratulated the HSC graduates selected for their artwork to be included in the flagship exhibition.
“ARTEXPRESS showcases some of the best artworks presented for assessment by HSC Visual Arts students,” Mr Scott said.
“It is a tribute to the creativity, ingenuity, imagination and flair of our emerging young artists and the guidance and motivation provided by dedicated art teachers in our public schools.
“To have an artwork chosen for ARTEXPRESS is an immense honour.”
Wyndham College principal Karen Smith said the school, a senior campus at Quakers Hill, was very excited to receive the award.
“We have an outstanding art faculty and this award is recognition of the extra time and effort our staff devote to their students,” she said.
Ms Smith said the school had last received the award in 2014 and had a track record of success in ARTEXPRESS.
Between 2000 and 2013 the school had 100 student artworks preselected for ARTEXPRESS and 54 artworks exhibited.
Since 2014 the school had averaged between five to seven artworks preselected and three to five artworks exhibited.
“It is a tremendous achievement especially when many of our students come to the school with no art experience at all,” Ms Smith said.
Works in ARTEXPRESS range from painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design and documented forms, to textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.
The exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW is open until 25 April 2018.
ARTEXPRESS exhibitions will also be staged throughout the year across metropolitan and regional NSW.
ARTEXPRESS is a joint partnership of the NSW Education Standards Authority and the NSW Department of Education.