During visual art lessons this year students in Year 8 have explored the landscape genre, looking at different ways of representing the landscape. Getting outside and documenting the landscape using a variety of different mediums and techniques was a highlight of the at-home learning program during lockdown.
In Year 8 we have also been focusing on developing an attitude of gratitude, taking the time to stop and appreciate the small things. During lockdown these things often centred around appreciation for nature and the beautiful place we live. I decided to run a photography competition for a bit of fun. Students were asked to take a photograph that captured the beauty of nature through their eyes.
Local artist Rebecca O’Connell generously gave her time to judge the entries which was not an easy task. Students rose to the occasion and submitted some stunning images, using their knowledge of the elements and principles of art, such as colour, tone, texture, size, shape and contrast, to share the beauty they see in the world we live.
Congratulations go to Darcie Miller-Sharp, who won the Polaroid camera for her entry. Here’s what Rebecca had to say about it.
I have chosen this work as it really stood out to me for various reasons. Firstly, it’s a unique take on the beauty of nature and the artist has thought ‘outside the box’ in regard to looking for beauty in the landscape setting. While the sunset/sunrise images many other artists have submitted are truly beautiful, it is the detailed look into the subject matter that makes this photo really stand out from the rest.
Good use of cropping and crisp focus to really get a feel for the textures and landscape of the surface. I want to feel what the photo is taken of. More of my senses are being engaged! Landscape can mean many different things and being playful with this makes for interesting artworks. This image would read completely differently if it was cropped in a different way - it’s balanced without being symmetrical and the composition is thoughtful in its construction. The mainly muted colours make the orange and green/yellow really pop, and creates eye catching details that helps the viewer's eye travel around the image. I would be happy to hang this image on my wall!