Mandurah's John Tonkin students think 'out of the box' with exhibition

Parents and friends enjoyed the John Tonkin College art and photography exhibition, Out of the Box on September 1, at the MET campus.

The drama performance of Pandora's Box and musical pieces from classical guitar to rock bands were performed by students.

A visual diary of our students' journey, through Year 11 and 12 Art and Design Photography was captured in the 2021 exhibition.

"The group of young inventive minds pushed boundaries and discovered new and original ways to represent their ideas through appropriation of styles and influences," Design, Photography and Drama teacher Annette James said.

"In addition to Visual Arts we joined forces with the Performing Arts, Music and Drama. The music students collaborated, to create their own original rock genre pieces, as well as covers of songs that have inspired their compositions. Students displayed skills in performing a variety of instruments and styles".

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The Year 11 General Drama class performed a short play, Pandora's Box.

Students were required to play the role of actor and designer and contributed to all aspects of the production, including sets, costumes, lighting and sound design.

"As teachers of the Arts we are proud of our student's accomplishments, in creating such a wonderful arts experience that was enjoyed by all," Ms James said.

"The event was a positive display of our students showing commitment to their learning whilst acknowledging their creativity in an enriched environment."

The exhibition awards were presented on the evening to students.

Best overall artwork and best Year 12 piece was presented to Hannah Walsh.

Best Year 11 piece was presented to Chloe Abram.

Best overall photographic piece was presented to Jordan Collyer.

Best Year 12 piece was Daisy Purmalis and Best Year 11 piece was Kirsty Toussaint.

Thanks to our special judges, local artist Karen Grieves and Mark Labrow Community Engagement coordinator from the City of Mandurah.

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