Community Connections

Highlights of 2021

Despite an interrupted year with limited opportunities for our usual events, we still managed to fit many events into our 2021 calendar.

Opportunities for our senior arts students included life drawing, Japanese ink brush painting workshops, a “How to create a quality folio’ seminar and visits to galleries including Tarrawarra.

Our class of 2020 students were well represented in several exhibitions including the Creative Minds Exhibition at Eltham Community Library Gallery and the Season of Excellence exhibitions- Top Arts exhibition at the NGV, Top Design exhibition at Melbourne Museum and Top Screens at ACMI.

Year 8 students visited the Banyule/Nillumbik Tech School to participate in a STEAM project designing motocross gear and a group of year 8 to 10 students were chosen to be involved in a public art project initiated by Level Crossings Victoria where they met with shortlisted artists. Works on this art project will commence in 2022.


Excursion to Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Year 12 Art and Studio Arts- Art students were treated to an excursion to Tarrawarra Museum of Art. This gallery is situated in the picturesque Yarra Valley.

As well as sketching and drawing the landscape students were provided with a tour of the exhibition ‘Looking Glass’. This show included the work of indigenous artists Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce. Their subtle yet powerful works highlight the elemental forces of nature, their connection to country and personally painful events of the past and present.


Creative Minds Exhibition 2021

A number of Eltham High School’s Year 12 Art, Studio Arts- Art and Studio Arts- Photography students (class of 2020), had their work selected for inclusion in the Creative Minds 2021 exhibition.

This exhibition highlights outstanding work from year 12 students across schools in the Nillumbik Region including Eltham High, Eltham College, Eltham CLC and Plenty Valley College.

Congratulations to the following students whose work was exhibited at the Eltham Library Community Gallery.

Molly Morris-McGinty                         Ashlyn Heap                               Corina Karakasi

Darcy Wilkinson                                  Emily Broeren                             Genevieve Magilton

Isobel Magilton                                   Sarah Treadwell                         Celeste Zuzic  

Emma Brooksby                                 Sarah Rose                                 Emer Rafferty

Bonnie Bradley                                    Tarsila Assis                               Lydia Schofield

Lowana Royle                                     Jackson Nelis                             Reuben Van Der Linde

Lili Smith


Community Art Project – Hurstbridge Rail Duplication Artist Project 

Level Crossings Victoria and an Arts steering committee have been working together to identify an artist who could create a public artwork to be installed at the corner of Were Street and Station Road Montmorency as part of the rail duplication project on the Hurstbridge line. 

Twenty notable public artists were invited to submit their ideas for an artwork that would celebrate and reflect the local community and its environment.

Eleven Eltham High School students across years 8 to 10 at Eltham High School were selected by their Arts teachers, based on their engagement in the visual arts, to participate in this project.  

A ‘meet the artist’ session was held in October where the students could hear from the four shortlisted artists about their ideas and process.  They will have the opportunity to work alongside the chosen artist and participate in artist run workshops when the actual project commences in 2022.

Congratulations to the following students Lochie Muller, Sunday Olsen-Wilken, Elise Francis, Ali Nasrun, Helena Karagiannis, Sophia Howse, Romeo Morris, Ani Roberts, Nina Boesenberg, Tilly O’Neill and Odette Moore who were selected to participate in this exciting artist project.

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