A SEA of proud parents flowed into Manning Valley Anglican College auditorium to immerse themselves in the colour and texture of student artworks.
Hundreds of artworks dressed the walls, tables and display boards to create an environment that revealed student enthusiasm for visual art classes under the direction of 'Sir', also known as Mr Jody Duck.
The inaugural exhibition raised more than $1200 as more than 100 parents proudly viewed and then bought many of the artworks created by students from year K/J through to year 12.
The catalogue revealed that artworks ranged from $6 up to a 'price on application' for 'Isn't It Ironic' by year 12 student, Nicola Stayman.
Eight class artworks were also for sale via silent auction. The big ticket item of the night proved to be the silent auction artwork of year 1/2 which went home with a generous parent for $200.
The piece was an acrylic paint on canvas that saw students use texture medium with paint and their hands to create a blended group artwork. Glitter and glue also added interest to the piece.
Jody said the school had two objectives for the event. The first was to create an art exhibition for the students that would provide an insight into the processes of preparing for an exhibition, and importantly, to give them the experience of seeing people view their art. The second objective was to raise money that could be used to purchase a kiln.
For two days Jody and volunteer, Mrs Jody Gleeson, worked to cover the auditorium walls with canvases, prints on paper, watercolours and photomontages. Little easels held cute canvases with colourful paintings by year K1/B. The free choice category for the class resulted in the creation of beautiful rainbows, dinosaurs, houses, flowers and big, bright happy face suns.
Jody said he was happy with the success of the inaugural art exhibition and expected that it would become an annual event at the school.