Two weeks in and the Design, Art and Technology (DAT) team have been busier than ever.

On Wednesday 26 April, our Year 12 Media and Visual Communication Design students went to Melbourne Museum to view the 2023 Top Designs Exhibition. The Exhibition showcased sixty-nine works created by students who completed design subjects including Media and Visual Communication Design in 2022.

In Media, to create their final production design, students are required to research the characteristics, narratives, styles and genres of a range of media forms. The narrative and final product is made to target a specified audience. The productions on display at Top Designs inspired our students, as they demonstrated strong conceptualisation and a high level of technical skill.

In Visual Communication Design, students rely on drawing as the primary component of visual language to support the conception and visualisation of ideas. The works on display enabled our students to see how clever selections and manipulation of design elements, media, materials and methods can be used to respond to a brief in innovative ways.

Monday 1 May saw many little visitors to the Frayne Building for our annual Visual Arts Workshop. This workshop was for primary school students in Grades 4 and 5, aimed at inviting prospective students into the College to use our facilities and get a taste of secondary school. It was here that they learned all about mastering the basics of painting, including how to mix colours and when to use different brush types.

On Tuesday 2 May, our Year 12 Art Creative Practice students went to the National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square to view the Melbourne Now and Top Arts Exhibitions. The aim was to inspire and help them gain insight into the work and practice of other young artists from schools across Victoria. Top Arts 2023 showcases extraordinary works of art and folios that achieved outstanding results in VCE Art or VCE Studio Arts in 2022.

Our students were inspired by the wide range of creative processes and mediums, innovative ideas and proficient use of materials.

The Year 11 Media City Photography excursion took place on Thursday 4 May and provided our VCE Media students with an opportunity to utilise their technical photography skills developed in class as well as apply their understanding of good composition into a real-world context. The students were encouraged to experiment with their cameras by completing a series of Amazing Race-style challenges throughout the day. They met their teachers at different checkpoints, such as the Princess Theatre, RMIT University and the State Library, whilst taking creative street and portrait photographs along the way.

On Friday 5 May, Year 10 Food Production and Design students participated in either the catering or service for the opening night of the School Production, Rock of Ages. Students involved in catering were required to prepare and plate food that they had cooked ready for service. Students participating in service were required to discuss with guests the food items they created, including any potential allergens that the food may contain.

Many guests are still raving about the unique flavours of the lemon myrtle and pepperberry used in the chicken sausage rolls and the delightfully crumbly nature of the yo-yo biscuits.

What a two weeks, well done DAT students and staff.

Alexandra Seit
Design, Art and Technology Learning Leader