On Thursday 7 June, 24 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students, accompanied by teachers Jessica Lewis, Anna Berger and Debbie Claridge, travelled to Melbourne for the annual three-day art trip. View more photos on our online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Melbourne-Art-Trip
Upon arrival, the group made a beeline for the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a moving and enigmatic tour that explored the history of the museum and current exhibition by famous photographer, Diane Arbus.
Following the visit, students and staff hopped back on the bus and, before checking into their hotel, made a pitstop in the CBD, where they wandered through several of Melbourne’s popular and world-famous street art laneways.
It was an early start the next day with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on the agenda and, of course, more exploring and photographing of the city’s street art scene.
At the museum, the girls participated in an intriguing tour of the gallery’s permanent collection, during which they learned about famous works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and many other prominent artists.
They then viewed the ‘Top Arts’ exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, which showcases the outstanding achievements of Victoria’s most gifted young artists who have completed courses equivalent to those that some of our students study here at St Mary’s College.
Arguably, for the girls, the most exciting part of the trip was being part of the huge crowd passing through the MoMA collection currently on show at NGV. Our students viewed works by big-name artists such as Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse to name but a few, and were visibly moved, showing tears – and enormous smiles.
The girls displayed gratitude for all the artwork they viewed and spaces entered and should be commended for representing SMC responsibly and with pride across the three days. The group cannot wait to go again next year!