Local students dominate at the Young Archies Awards

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OGILVIE High School students have scooped the pool at this year’s Young Archies Awards, taking away five of the prestigious awards.

Modelled on the famous Archibald Prize, the Young Archies showcases the artistic talent of students from kindergarten to year 12 in government schools and gives them an opportunity to experience participating in an art exhibition.

The awards are presented in year categories with exhibitions organised in schools prior to the event.

Four portraits are selected from each year category at each school for the Young Archies.

Ogilvie High School year 10 student Mina Mohammadi not only won the year 9-10 age category but was also the overall year 7-10 category winner for her portrait – titled ‘K8’ – of her best friend, Kate.

“I decided to paint Kate because she is an amazing friend to me,” Mina said.

“She has been a true friend for the past four years and I trust her very much.

“I learnt to paint at school, but also watched a lot of YouTube videos at home of people painting.

“The hair was the hardest part for me to paint and the eyes were quite difficult too, but overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.”

Another year 10 Ogilvie student, Katriel Sayer, won a Highly Commended Award in the year 9-10 category and took away the Department of Education Secretary’s Award.

Her painting of her younger brother Zac was titled ‘Binalong Boy’.

“My little brother just loves the beach and our family often goes to Binalong Bay in the summer holidays and my brother and I spend a lot of time swimming at the beach,” Katriel said.

“I used watercolour for the painting, and overall, I worked on it for about a month on and off.”

Minister for the Arts and Local Member for Clark Elise Archer presented certificates to the Highly Commended and Age Category winners at the ceremony.

“The arts play such an important and highly valued role in our community, with opportunities such as these allowing our young people to use their creativity and imagination to communicate and express themselves,” she said.

“Students are free to create a portrait of a person they know who has inspired them by using oil, acrylic, watercolour and/or mixed media, and it’s wonderful to see such a rich and diverse array of artworks on display.”

Ms Archer said she was always impressed with the “incredibly high standard” of artwork on display from all age groups across the state.

“The originality, creativity and emotion depicted by out students in their portraits is something of which they should all be extremely proud,” she said.

“I would like to congratulate all the students who participated in this year’s awards.”

Caption: Minister for the Arts and Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer with Ogilvie High School year 10 student Mina Mohammadi and her portrait of her best friend, Kate.

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