BIRD'S-EYE VIE: An aerial view of one of the pieces created by the students at Murgon State High School.
BIRD'S-EYE VIE: An aerial view of one of the pieces created by the students at Murgon State High School. Ms Tiana Clifford McDougall

Students show their creativity in fleeting art exhibition

COLOURFUL sculptures stopped students and teachers in their tracks at a South Burnett high school last week.

Year 11 visual arts in practice students at Murgon State High School worked together to create a mini Ephemeral exhibition last week, designed to only last for a short time.

After learning about the style in class, the students and a few Year 10 helpers, installed the colourful sculptures around the high school.

A close-up of an Ephemeral artwork set up by Year 11 students at Murgon State High School.
A close-up of an Ephemeral artwork set up by Year 11 students at Murgon State High School. Ms Tiana Clifford McDougall

Head of the arts department, Tiana Clifford McDougall, was pleased to see how much interest the artwork generated.

"It was a joy to see students interacting with and enjoying the art at lunchtime,” Ms Clifford McDougall said.

"I think they were surprised by the sudden addition of artwork around the school.

"All of them were admiring the works respectfully and they were left untouched.”

Students stop to take in the colourful creations.
Students stop to take in the colourful creations. Ms Tiana Clifford McDougall

The creative class drew inspiration from the works of famous ephemeral artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and their own imaginations.

In an era where technology is everywhere, Ms Clifford McDougall said it was crucial for students to take time for art.

"Education in all of the areas of the arts is really important to build students' 21st-century skills,” she said.

"Some of the benefits include stimulating creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and building their confidence in taking risks.”

Students at Murgon State High School interacting with one of the Ephemeral artworks.
Students at Murgon State High School interacting with one of the Ephemeral artworks. Ms Tiana Clifford McDougall
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