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Amanda Toner, Napier Girls' High School

My plans for 2013:

In 2013 I am doing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at EIT.

Information about my work: ‘Focus’

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I feel very strongly about animal testing, so developing the concept of animals becoming mutated and deformed came easy to me. I included the Madonna into my series of work as she is a symbol of purity and holiness, whereas animal testers are the opposite.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials: acrylics, Indian ink, watercolours.

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

Low points: researching animal testing and finding out horrible facts about it nearly put me off the topic I chose.

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Amelia Stickland, Tauhara College

My plans for 2013:

Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

After a photographic investigation into power lines and their placement in my neighbourhood, I looked at the dependence we have on electricity and how this connects us as people. I researched maps and artist models such as Kevin Appell, Doris Lusk, Rohan Wealleans and Julia Morrison.

This idea grew into a new concept of self-sufficiency, particularly wind power (windmills and turbines). I imagined a more eco-friendly and less interdependent future.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Pencil, watercolour pencils and paint, acrylic paint, quad paper. Sculpture/installation: recycled light-fitting and wire, beads, nylon, twigs, cellophane, OHT projection.

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

I used familiar paint techniques such as spattering and water colour, but enjoyed using new mediums to create the sculpture. Bringing new aspects to develop the sculpture into an installation, like the use of OHT, was also very interesting - playing with lights and shadows.

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Benedict Stewart, Logan Park High School

My plans for 2013:

University of Otago.

Information about my work: 'The Daily Llama'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had a dream about llamas on an island near my house, and then tried to paint in styles of artists I like such as Magritte and Chagall.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I experimented with using a palette knife and very thick paint to create a marbling effect, and also charcoal and pencil.

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

At the start of the year I had no idea what I was going to paint, and this stayed the same way throughout the year really, so it was interesting to see the end product.

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Ella Smith, Southland Girls' High School

My plans for 2013:

University of Otago, Bachelor of Law, first year.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I am passionate about the negative impact that humans have on the environment, so this was my starting point. While learning about the High Renaissance, I was inspired by Da Vinci and also Michelangelo, especially the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, which is where the idea of sin came in to it all.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Acrylic paint on paper.

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

I found it quite difficult to find ideas and inspiration for new pieces and, when I did, to figure out what to do with them and then compose them in a way that got my personal feelings across, while also leaving room for the viewer's own interpretation.

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Erin Broughton, Roncalli College

My plans for 2013:

Studying a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy at Otago University.

Information about my work: 'Space paradigm'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My initial concept was based largely around Star Wars and outer space. However, as the board developed it became more about dimensions, as well as light, lines and layered divisions. Most of the ideas were altered to incorporate the interesting effects that wearing 3D glasses had on the platforms, colours and structures in the work. This became a statement in itself, directing my board to a more abstract destination than originally expected.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I wanted my portfolio to feel fun and captivating, and used mainly acrylic, neon and metallic paint. I then further developed my ideas through layering painted card and then eventually developing a digital version of my work in Photoshop.

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

Finding out that 3D glasses actually worked was a major high point and their use provided continual excitement throughout the making of the board, as I never knew how each work would turn out when viewed through the glasses.

I found myself stuck for ideas a lot, which is where my teacher's advice and guidance was most appreciated.

Overall, however, developing my (slightly nerdy) subject matter into something so abstract was incredibly exciting.

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Georgia Wales, Wakatipu High School

My plans for 2013:

Design innovation course at Victoria University of Wellington.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

At the beginning of the year I was really focussed on attempting to challenge myself by using a range of unfamiliar colours and subject matter. While searching for inspiration, I came across Pat Perry and the work of James Jean, who I instantly loved and whose visual ideas I wanted to weave into my own work. My mum also works for the Cancer Society, and this influenced my work.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Mostly just acrylic paint. I didn't personally develop into using a range of materials as I was more focussed on the ideas behind it and how to simply show those.

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

I really got stuck on doing the same painting over and over, after having this vision of what I wanted that I somehow just couldn't regurgitate onto paper. Also on whether to go dark or uplifting.

It was hard causing our family to be constantly exposed to the process of hospitalization, dealing with illness and people's sense of loss of control, instead being controlled by medicine. This led me to want to express that in a body of work.

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Hugo Christian-Slane, Western Springs College

My plans for 2013:

Studying a Bachelor of Graphic Design at AUT.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

A schoolmate of mine died earlier in the year, but his Facebook profile is still active, which led me to think that Facebook could be the afterlife and that you live on through your Facebook profile. Thus the skull became a symbol of mortality in the third board. Social networking sites and the internet have become substitutes for religion in modern society.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Throughout my boards, I used mainly acrylic paints and inks, but as my work progressed and my ideas developed I began to incorporate plastics, prints and digital painting, introducing ideas of censorship and alternate realities.

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

I became fascinated with the human face and somewhat side-tracked by a series of portrait paintings, which were not used on my final boards.

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Jane Hurricane, Otahuhu College

Information about my work: 'Birds of Prey'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Eagles were my first source of inspiration. That then evolved into the theme of birds of prey. I chose this theme because it would provide me a range of ideas and also because it was a different direction from popular subjects that were occurring in my class.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Pencil/graphite
Acrylic
Indian ink
Cardboard
Gesso
Shellac
Dye
Oil pastels
Tissue paper.

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

Low point: over-thinking my paintings' composition and subject matter.

High point: glad to have completed my work by the due date.

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Lauren Chittock, St Hilda's Collegiate

My plans for 2013:

Telford, Balclutha to study a Certificate for Rural Animal Technicians.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Started off with the basics of hunting, then developed the idea of animals becoming more than just the targets.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Water colour and acrylic.

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

Low point - always changing layout of board for the final look.

High point - developing art skills throughout the year.

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Linus Nelson, Rongotai College

My plans for 2013:

To study photography and industrial design at Massey University, Wellington.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I live in Wellington, which usually has strong weather. We only see the universe/sky on calm nights, but the universe is not a calm place. I wanted to show it as a dynamic place, but not based on the science we know - more mythical.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Aerosol spray cans, masks, objects, cut cardboard. Torn paper, crumpled paper, cardboard for texturing.

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

It was a dynamic process, with a high rejection rate.

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Lohit Petikam, Newlands College

My plans for 2013:

I plan to do a Bachelor of Engineering at Victoria University.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Inheriting ideas from countless books, films and video games, I started with hypothetical situations of hybrid, synthetic organisms connected to mechanical, computer-like structures.

They grew and evolved, but were still chained to their electronic halves. I then gave them a sort of purpose. They began to scientifically explore, with an abundance of computational power at their fingertips. They explored what it really means to be living, and sought to simplify it all into numbers and equations. In the final panel, I depicted human features that have been designed using the creatures' research.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Drawings with pencil, paint, multi-coloured biro (for one piece on board two).

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

The main high point was when I finally realised that all the hypothetical scenarios I had created with the creatures were actually all reflections on the way we humans explore.

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Michaela Barker, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

My plans for 2013:

I will be studying a Bachelor of Communication Studies at the University of Waikato, majoring in marketing and design media.

Information about my work: 'The Impact of E-waste'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I wanted to portray the relationship and contrast between poverty and advances in technology. At the start of the year my painting teacher introduced me to the possibilities of using art to raise awareness of the issue of electronic waste (e-waste). Initially I focussed on a range of electronic components and then developed this, using the Apple brand as a representation of technology as a whole. From here, I used appropriation, with the aim of producing controversial, thought-provoking works.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

My initial sketches were primarily completed in ink pen, using paper towels for two works to create a unique surface to work on. I experimented with spray painting and stencils, taking inspiration from Banksy. All painted works were completed in acrylic paint. Several of my final works were painted on floppy disks, using Nick Gentry as an artist model.

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

I found the most challenging aspect of painting was keeping up with time restraints and finding fresh inspiration, while also working on my design folio. There were multiple occasions when I thought I would never complete my boards!

I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with a range of techniques and styles while painting about an issue that was of interest to me. During the course of the year an e-cycling shop opened in my home town, Hamilton, which was an encouraging sign that people are choosing to recycle unwanted or broken electronics, rather than shipping them to a developing country.

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Minnie Claire, Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School)

My plans for 2013:

I'm going to take a gap year in 2013. I hope to go to art school next year.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I started my portfolio with sketches of an old church in Kakanui. I then moved on to painting figures and exploring the concept of loss and death. I looked at a few artist models, including Francis Bacon and Jason Sean Alexander for inspiration.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Most of the paintings were done in oils. I painted old family photos from my grandfather's wedding album. My father and grandad were both used as models for the art works.

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

I had never used oils before this portfolio - I'm glad I tried them because they worked well. Doing art through The Correspondence School was challenging at times as I didn't have constant feedback from teachers or classmates.

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Rebecca M. M. Hawkes ( Top Subject Scholar), Rangi Ruru Girls' School

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Initially I wanted to use tattoos (and the tattooed) as my subject matter to express a more mystical, spiritual side of the much-maligned art - it would allow me to draw a multitude of fantastical dragons and half-demon people (I have a soft spot for epic mythical creatures).

However, in reading the tattoo magazines I had bought for reference, I became more concerned with the way women in tattoo culture were portrayed, and the way that reflected upon womanhood, the angel/whore dichotomy, and the simultaneous idolisation and demonisation of ideal beauty.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

As the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood became one of my most significant artist models, I wanted to capture the vibrant, intense and complex detail achieved through their use of oil paint.

The works submitted in my final portfolio are all oil paintings. However, during the year I also experimented with a variety of other mediums (including charcoal, watercolour, paint and pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint on velvet etc.) in order to further explore different treatments of my subject matter. These other materials were particularly important at the beginning of the year as they are faster to work with than oils and allowed me to rapidly illustrate a variety of my initial concepts for comparison.

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Vazin Shareef, Hamilton Boys' High School

My plans for 2013:

Waikato University.

Information about my work: 'Cinema and Psyche'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I researched cult classics and then abstracted them into my works. By abstracting them I was able to provide insight into the human psyche and untap unconscious thought and emotion relating to terror and psychological fear.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

All works were hand-generated using various media techniques. I started off using pencil and ink and slowly added more colour as I went through the boards. I linked the beginning and end by incorporating ink into my final works.

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

I had to avoid repetition with my use of ink, which became difficult. The splatter effect I used was effective throughout my work as it blended in well with my creations.

 

 
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