Visual arts

Online forum for art and design awards | Blue Mountain Gazette

Blue Mountains Grammar School (BMGS) celebrates the 21st year of the prestigious Art and Design Awards sponsored by Dr. Ken Marshall.

The awards recognize the innovative and creative excellence of works produced by students of visual arts, industrial technology (wood), and design and technology.

Unable to open the exhibit to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, longtime award partner Dr Marshall hosted a virtual tour of the exhibit with Katoomba’s Big Button Films.

“Students have faced incredible challenges over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Marshall. “Despite the confinements and constraints of distance learning, the resulting work is exceptional and testifies to the creativity and resilience of the students and the constant support of their teachers.

“It is important to me that a showcase of student work is available to students, their families and the community at large.

Lily McKay: Nightstand

Lily McKay: Nightstand

In addition to mastering traditional techniques during containment, students adopted new technologies, including: 3D printing; coding: virtual reality, laser cutting; and computer aided design to carry out their major projects.

Over 650 works by students in Grades 7 to 12 can be viewed on the virtual tour, covering disciplines and mediums of industrial design and technology, sculpture, engineering, painting, jewelry design, drawing, screen printing, carpentry, ceramics, photography and video. production.

Grade 12 student Milla Gibson received the Dr. Ken Marshall Award for Creative Initiatives in the Visual Arts for “Deterioration of Memory and Matter”. Gibson’s exquisite work of digital photography and ceramics explored the relationship between colonization and the natural environment.

Ashlee Cremona (Year 8) received the Derivan Award for Most Imaginative Composition and Jade Robilliard (Stage 5) received the Derivan Award for Expressive Use of Media. Grade 10 students Jack Roberson and Lily McKay received the Grade 10 Design and Technology (Wood) Award for their bedside tables. A full list of winners and highly recommended students is available on the BMGS Art and Design Awards website.

“The 2021 BMGS Art and Design Awards celebrate those in our community who are ready to ‘live out loud’ so that others can learn with their lives,” said Director Ian Maynard. “We appreciate the products of their creativity not only because they give us pleasure, elicit a response in us or meet a standard of quality, but also because of the very honest, intimate and familiar manner in which they have used the medium chosen to discover and express themselves. ”

The community is invited to visit the BMGS Art and Design Awards website,, and vote for their favorite Grade 12 artwork for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced on December 29.