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Albertian Mr Siliga Setoga is screen print artist who graduated from Whitecliffe with a Master of Fine Arts and has exhibited internationally.
On Friday, 11 November Mr Setoga returned to MAGS on behalf of the Tautai Trust, which fosters Pacific arts, to take an extension class of Year 9 boys.
The 20 boys had a rich and thoughtful lesson which culminated in each of them printing a t-shirt from patterns Mr Setoga helped them develop.
Our thanks for Mr Setoga and the Tautai Trust for giving our boys this opportunity, and to the MAGS Foundation for their encouragement of our visiting artists' programme.
Ms Daniella Aleh, Head of Visual Art
The renowned New Zealand artist Sam Mitchell was MAGS' 2016 Artist in Residence. Following her wonderful time here, which was funded by the MAGS Foundation through proceeds from the annual Fine Art Show, Ms Mitchell returned to the school in November to help test the Art Department kiln.
Ms Mitchell's exquisite ceramic painting techniques demonstrate the ancient technique of glaze painting. We are delighted that Sam will be working with us again in 2017 as we introduce a new Ceramic unit of study for our Year 10 students.
Foundation funds have also been used to refurbish all 65 Art Department computers with new solid state hard drives, making them fast enough to be compatible with the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud software package This software is crucial to the successful use of creative digital processes across Design, Photography and Painting.
The Foundation has also funded the replacement of seven Lumix Panasonic DX70 compact cameras with manual settings that are used in the Year 11 Photography and Design course.
We are extremely grateful to the Foundation, and the Friends of MAGS parent group which supports its fundraising efforts, for the support and encouragement that we have received this year and look forward to strengthening this relationship next year.
Ms Daniella Aleh, Head of Visual Art
Mr Sorawit Songsataya, who attended MAGS from 2001-2005 and won the Art Cup in his final year, has won the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award with a pair of quirky 3D printed vases atop a wooden plant pot holder.
Titled Good Kisser, the work by Auckland artist combines digital and traditional artistry. The Award comes with a cash prize of $20,000.
Awards judge Mr Misal Adnan Yildiz - who named Mr Songsataya as this year's winner at a ceremony at Waikato Museum on Friday, 9 September, said the piece was significant because it evoked artworks of bygone eras, such as the ancient Anatolian goddess statues of Kibele and the "readymades" of French/American artist Marcel Duchamp.
It also referenced personal politics, gender, sexuality and the struggle for equal rights "in the age of Trump", Yildiz said.
The competition, hosted each year by Waikato Museum, has a tradition of attracting unusual works that challenge perceptions.
The Real Art Roadshow visited Mount Albert Grammar on Tuesday and Wednesday, 9-10 August, and all students who had art classes on these days were able to visit this amazing travelling gallery.
The Roadshow is the brainchild of Ms Fiona Campbell, who bought the awesome collection of contemporary New Zealand art and kitted out two huge travelling trucks as a moveable gallery. It contains 72 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, drawings and mixed media pieces.
The show has toured New Zealand for the past 10 years, visiting schools all over the country. Albertian Mr Paul Forrest was our knowledgeable and engaging gallery guide and I know our students thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity.
Ms Daniella Aleh, Head of Visual Art
Comments from Year 9 students:
Darcy Vasquez: "The Real Art Roadshow has been a beautiful experience, It has showed me that art is made in all types of action, texture and design. Jewellery can also be larger in size. I will continue to focus on artworks critically to recognise why it is made."
Jon Simanu: "Today was a good experience, I like that the teacher was telling us about art that we didn't understand. I would like to go back there."
Krish Patel: "The art gallery is cool.The art is really good because there's a meaning or a story behind the art.I learned a lot about art and the paintings."
Brodie Lunjevich: "It was interesting to see what makes artists paint and what makes them want to do it and how much thought goes into a simple painting."
Ronan Guthrie Hovan: "I was really interested to see all the art and hear the cool stories behind them."
Year 10's Daniella Jeremic: "It was really cool how every artwork told a different story, and it made me realise that every painting, even if it only has blobs of paint, is meaningful. This experience taught me to never judge something just by looking at it. You have to take a few seconds for the artwork to talk to you."
Year 9 and 10 Art classes have been busy with two exhibitions in the Small Gallery in E Block to start the year.
In Term 1 they showed a collection of drawings, curated by Year 10 students Ella McCool-Reay and William Kung (left).
Early in Term 2 the
Art Club, led by Ms Andre Sampson, installed an impressive cardboard city. Year 9 and 10 students worked
individually and in groups through Term 1 to construct buildings out of cardboard
boxes, then as a team installed their work in the gallery.
This show was invited to be part of the 'Future Cities' exhibition at the Malcolm Smith Galley, Uxbridge Centre in Howick in June. The Malcolm Smith Gallery is curated by Albertian Mr Balamohan Shingade.
In the last week of Term 1, Year 10 and 12 Painting classes were given the opportunity to work with one of New Zealand's top artists, Ms Sam Mitchell. The 2010 Wallace Award winner helped students create an acrylic painting in her signature style, working directly onto perspex. She brought in one of her works (below) for students to use as an example.
Ms Mitchell was at MAGS for three days conducting workshops for six classes, rising to the challenge of working with some quite large classes. She said she really enjoyed her time here and commented on the enthusiasm of the students.
Year 13 Art students Uhila Ngai and Hugo Harvey are recipients of Auckland Art Gallery's Pat Hanley Art Student Awards for demonstrating outstanding commitment and passion for the visual arts, and community awareness.
MAGS' Head of Visual Art, Ms Daniella Aleh, said Uhila had explored her Tongan heritage in design, painting, sculpture and printmaking, integrating elements from her local community into her work.
Hugo painted sophisticated imagery with flair and commitment, has been an active Arts Prefect and role model for the Arts at Mount Albert Grammar School.
Each student received gift packs and membership to the Friends of the Art Gallery.
On Thursday, September 24, Visual Art students in Years 11, 12 and 13 displayed their folio boards before they were sent away for marking.
1st: Maya Pellizzaro-Hurrell
Pen and ink
2nd: Ella McCool-Reay
3rd: Arien Okan
The winner of the 2014 Ara Lodge Arts Scholarship is Year 13 student Aishia Maka. She receives $1000 to put towards her tertiary studies.
Aishia, who has excelled in Painting and Photography, will be presented with the Scholarship at the ARA Lodge Fine Art Awards in January. The Awards are made up of top art students from secondary schools across Auckland.
Aishia plans to study Fine Art at either the Elam School of Fine Arts or the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.