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Aimee-Jo Clark, Wanganui High School 

My plans for 2012:

Will be doing a fine arts degree at University College of Learning (UCOL).

Information about my work: ‘Breaking free’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

From the start of my portfolio my ideas were constantly changing as I used the Greek myth - Leda and the Swan - as inspiration and kept developing from there.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

In my art portfolio I decided to stick with one technique so I could develop it throughout using that technique. I used some negative and positive space, but in the second board I started to develop with colour also by painting into shapes on the final board.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

All the highpoints of this work were all the work towards it and the final outcome as I enjoyed every part of it. The low point was when it was no more to do.

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Allison Stokes, St Margaret's College

My plans for 2012:

I’m going to have a year off to travel then study in 2013.

Information about my work: ‘Domestic Housewife’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Expectations is what society is surrounded by, it can determine what we do and how we act. For this domestic housewife she is smothered by her role of being a housewife and the expectations to do household chores, making her feel trapped within her home.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Monoprint, direct draw, etchings, plate print, collage, printing of different textures, string and sewing.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Realisation that societal expectation shouldn’t control one’s lifestyle.

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Chris Dickson, Christchurch Boys' High School 

My plans for 2012:

Bachelor of Design at Otago Polytechnic.

Information about my work: ‘The Day the World Stood Still’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My painting folio was based around the September and then consequently the February earthquakes. This idea came after starting painting as it ran with the portfolio quite nicely and had potential for a lot of different paths to be taken through the year.

It started with the towers motif and imagery related to the event being used whilst I tired out different ideas to represent the day itself, but this transformed into the use of etched lines to represent a ladder motif and then into the idea behind the blocks. These were perfect for creating the towers and they represented construction and deconstruction.

This idea then transformed into the use of small images being used to create a larger idea and work, which led to the final panel and the film and file motifs. These represent the documentation of the event and its worldwide coverage.

Many thanks must go out to my teacher and CBHS HoD of Art, Ms Megan McCormack. Without her this folio would have gone nowhere; she helped me immensely with the planning and development and encouraged me to work to the best of my abilities.

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Emily McKelvie, Diocesan School for Girls 

My plans for 2012:

In 2012 I will begin my studies of Engineering and Commerce at the University of Canterbury.

Information about my work: ‘Just Genetic Material?’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The initial intention behind my work was to explore the relationships in my family, this involved looking at the genetic relationship in terms of physical appearance, through to the emotional relationship and body language between us.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I explored the use of hand-generated techniques compared to the technological computer-generated approach of digitally altering photographic images. I used the contemporary practice of collage and a range of print-making techniques in my work.

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Hana Paine, Epsom Girls' Grammar School 

My plans for 2012:

I am moving to Wellington to study design at Massey University.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had fun developing my idea although sometimes it became hard and I would get stuck. However, because of the theme of my work I was never short of inspiration from friends and the dramas surrounding them.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used photography, screen-printing, installation and performance in my work, as well as conventional printmaking methods.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I enjoyed learning the technique of screen-printing; however I also had some stressful moments where it was hard to move forward.

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Hannah Hackshaw, Wanganui High School 

My plans for 2012:

Diploma in Commercial Skydiving at the New Zealand Skydiving School.

Information about my work: ‘Belleza de tinta – beauty of ink’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I was interested in Mexican folk art and culture, in particular the day of the dead celebrations and tattoo culture, so that was the theme I started with. As the board progressed I wanted to make the skeletons seem more alive by bringing in clothing, poses and incorporating things I associate with Mexican culture until the point they become human. I spent a lot of time on the internet finding artist models and inspiration.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The first board is made up of etching, woodcut and screen-print. I then stuck with screen-print, developing techniques and ways to use layers to create different effects. To create my final prints I painted my models’ faces and photographed them. I then painted backgrounds. These were put together on Photoshop. I separated the final image into CMYK and screen-printed them in these four layers.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

It was interesting designing the prints on Photoshop with really no idea what they would look like after bring screen-printed. This made finding the right colours and contrast levels difficult.

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Ilai Ngutu, Southern Cross Campus

My plans for 2012:

Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology.

Information about my work: ‘Dreams and Nightmares Captured’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I developed my ideas by getting inspiration from other artists, getting my background themes from home, and also using my imagination with the thought of skulls. I wanted to get my dreams and nightmares captured into books.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Throughout my artwork I used a lot of collages, litho and stencil techniques to bring the effect of characters out. I applied shellac and chalk to bring out the affect of my print work. I used material in the backroom as well as wood.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

Throughout the production of my work, I had both high and low points especially with my time management. My high points were when everything started coming together.

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Meg Brodie, Nayland College

My plans for 2012:

This year I am attending Victoria University and am doing a degree in Design Innovation, majoring in industrial design and doing a minor in philosophy.

Information about my work: ‘Blind sight’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

At the beginning of the year the initial idea that ‘we all have different pathways in life, but all paths lead down the same road’ came to me as I was following someone’s footprints at the beach. This then led onto the concept of how everyone’s is different, but because of that we are all the same. I used notes, brainstorms and sketches to pen out ideas. I would also discuss my ideas with my family and teacher to make sure that my decision and themes were on track.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used different forms of printmaking that were available to me throughout my folio. Woodcuts, metal and plastic etchings, and solar etchings were the main techniques. I layered the prints on each other to make up a lot of the work. By combining techniques I was able to have different depths in the prints as they all have a different feel to them. Some were able to have much more detail than others.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

As I moved onto the third panel, the ‘circle of life’ issue seemed to jump out at me and I was concerned that if I did not be careful then a more religious aspect of death would occur. Throughout the folio I also wanted to show how it included everyone, hence my use of different races e.g. Asian, Middle Eastern and Western.

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Nicholas Warren, Christchurch Boys' High School 

My plans for 2012:

Studying Fashion Design at Massey University, Wellington.

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Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The main theme of my work was vanitas, and that wealth is invaluable in the afterlife. I developed my theme by looking at various artist models such as Ben Cauchi, Polly Morgan and others.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The main techniques I used were collage, photocopy release and just general printmaking. I used different types of paper and string to create different textures and different effects.

 

 
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