THE annual Girton Grammar Junior School Art Show will be an outdoor event this year, with student artwork displayed on the external perimeter of its Junior School campus on November 29.
The display of student artwork outdoors was initially intended to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions, but the school has decided to keep it that way in order to keep the event fresh.
Junior School art teacher Nic James, who has run the show for more than 20 years, said the idea grew into something bigger, and now students are excited that passers-by will see their art in an outdoor art show.
"This year's theme is Creatures, and the students' imaginations have run wild," she said.
"We worked so hard during remote learning to keep the inner artist alive in every young student.
"While it was lovely seeing the students' artwork via the screen and doing virtual art gallery tours, it is a delight to display artwork by the students to friends and family in a real-life show."
With an exhibition not possible last year, the students and teachers cannot wait for this year's public display of artwork.
"The students love the idea that their artwork will stretch around the entire Junior School block, including a display of work in the prominent windows of a homewares shop and plumbing store on High Street," Mrs James said.
"Every year, it is a tradition for our year six students decorate a skateboard deck, and these will be displayed along MacKenzie Street.
"On the wooden fence on Don Street, there will be a photo of students' eyes, so the children will have fun trying to identify themselves."
From creatures who roam the dessert to outer-space aliens and critters from the ocean's depths, the students have depicted all manner of living things to suit this year's theme.
With approximately 400 students in the Girton Junior School and at least one piece of artwork from each child on display, it is said to be one of the biggest of its kind in central Victoria.
"It has been so wonderful to see students from prep to year six immersed in artwork this term," Mrs James said.
"I am immensely proud of the hard work our students have demonstrated and their creative visual interpretations of Creatures in all of their weird and wonderful forms."
The school would like to thank Reece Plumbing and Make Your House a Home on High Street, who kindly agreed to display student artwork for the exhibition.
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