Originally written by ROSS MOIR
THE annual Portland Secondary College SmART Expo held its awards night last Tuesday, and promising and accomplished young artists shared the occasion with their parents and friends.
There are more than 350 pieces of art created by PSC year 7 to 11 students on display at the Portland Arts Centre until September 9, and there’s still time to visit, browse and make your vote for the “People’s Choice” award to be announced when the exhibition closes.
The afternoon event included a range of styles, including a small display of photography from teachers in a separate room, but the focus was certainly the students’ creations.
Several groups of students from each year were recognised for their contributions, but there could only be one winner for each year, although in one case there was two.
The year-level winners for 2011 were Courtney Dawe for Year 7, Elise Travers for Year 8, Jack Young for Year 9, Boi Ngyen and Asha Murray for Year 10, and Nikki Haymes for Year 11.
PSC arts key learning area manager Catherine Francis presented each student to the crowd and each year-level champion with a bag of art supplies valued at between $40 and $50.
According to Ms Francis, she has had many chances to talk with visitors while setting up the exhibition.
“One visitor commented on “the high level of thinking and freedom” he could see in the exhibition.
“Naturally I thought that was a fantastic statement.