Kingaroy Year 12 students Chendrick Andambo, Megan Frohloff, Ashleigh Lindsay, Tamika Schultz, and Tayla Hayes with their artwork.
Kingaroy Year 12 students Chendrick Andambo, Megan Frohloff, Ashleigh Lindsay, Tamika Schultz, and Tayla Hayes with their artwork. Wendy Corstiaans

More than 200 pieces of student art on show

CREATIVE Kingaroy State High School students are filling the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery with their artwork this month.

The students will be setting up more than 200 pieces of work for this Friday's exhibition opening.

Work on display will cover a broad range of topics explored by Year 7 to Year 12 students.

Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery director Catherine Woodham said the Kingaroy Arts Team, a not-for profit group that operates the gallery, sponsored the exhibition.

"This is a significant opportunity in the academic art calendar for these students,” Ms Woodham said.

"The students have created their artworks as part of their class assessment and we provide them with an opportunity to exhibit it.

"They curate their own exhibition.

"They experience everything from label design, hanging the works to exhibit for the best visual impact, and also preparing the catering for the opening event.”

Kingaroy State High School art co-ordinator Wendy Corstiaans said many different artistic styles had been used by her art students.

"There were hundreds of artworks and all of our year levels were represented,” she said.

"We did a bit of everything - some lino, sculptures, paintings, clay, drawings and more.

"This is our 19th art exhibition and our 14th year having it at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.”

Ms Corstiaans said it the exhibition was great opportunity for the community to see what her students were capable of.

"The public seem to have a general misconception about teenagers which is untrue and a bit hard,” she said.

"Really they can be quite thoughtful and considerate.

"This exhibition will show the community how talented and smart they are.”

All of the student work was created at Kingaroy State High as a part of the curriculum.

"Some of the artworks are for sale if the public wants to purchase them,” Ms Corstiaans said.

"They don't charge us to exhibit there and the students get anything they sell.

"We are very thankful to them.

"We'd also encourage people to vote for the People's Choice Award. Voting is open until the exhibition ends October 30 and they will win an art prize pack.”

Friday's official opening will start at 6pm at the gallery.