PAINTING, drawing, sculpture and photography are among the art forms Taree High School Higher School Certificate visual arts students explored in the creation their major works.
Twenty-two students have submitted works this year, and the Manning River Times had a chance to catch up with four of the students about what they produced.
DOWN. Burn. Cancel. Repeat two minutes of waiting to result in 24 hours of utter devastation.
This major work by Zac Collier, 17, is based on 400 slices of bread with "the story of morning rituals burnt into them."
He explained that the idea behind the piece is how burning a piece of toast in the morning can ruin your day (as a non-cereal eater who prefers toast for breakfast it is something he has had experience with).
"When things don't go to plan at the start of the day, it can affect your mood."
Encouraged by his art teacher to experiment, Zac bought 400 pieces of cheap sliced bread and then used a soldering iron to burn letters into the slices and create a text-based artwork.
Because he wasn't permitted to submit food as his artwork, he photographed all 400 pieces of bread and then, while he was sitting his trials, his teacher included her year nine art class to cut out the squares for him.
Zac then placed the squares into plastic sleeves and put it all together.
After he did the first few pieces he thought it was going to turn out really well.
"I'm happy. It's not like anything else anyone has done.
ONE of the more traditional styles of artworks by this year’s students was completed by Alexandra King, 18, who did a graphite on paper work based on neo platonism philosophy.
“I was studying different philosophies into art theories.”
She researched Michelangelo and other renaissance artists and came across the philosophy which is based on contrasting the big Christian murals and amalgamating them with the masculinity of the male figure.
“It’s a metaphor for the connection between the divine and man.”
For her drawings of male nudes, she worked from a lot of studies and big paintings.
LILY Baker, 17, did a photographic study of the contrast and texture of skin, and different parts of the body.
Called Familia Portrait were close-up photos of her mother, father and brother, who she said had been supportive and willing participants.
Lily used a macro lens on a digital camera, a studio light to create the shadows and edited the images in Photoshop.
She was pleased with the final result. “My dad had interesting burns and things in his fingers, which was good to use.
“Mum’s got working hands from her gardening and my brother has really long eyelashes.” Her family were willing models. “They really wanted to do it,” she said. “I tried (some photos) a few times when I didn’t get what I wanted.”
Lily hopes to study fine arts at Newcastle University or an arts course through TAFE in Newcastle.
SEVENTEEN-year-old Alanah Campbell (above) aimed to do something different for her major work. She has created a collection of painted recycled shoes featuring a bunch of well known pop-culture characters.
The characters appeal to different age groups, depending on the shoe. Characters included in her work include the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Captain America, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Spongebob Squarepants, and even little army men