Last semester, Year 8 student Charlie B painted an Impressionist-style painting as part of the 2D Art – Colour Explosion subject. Charlie chose to paint a landscape of blue skies and rolling waves of the beach, a scene we are all familiar with, living close to the coast. Using a photograph as a reference, the image had to include a strong sense of tone and colour to be interpreted into an Impressionist style, depicting a landscape made up of visible brushstrokes. The artwork was first mapped out on a canvas with graphite pencil and then painted with acrylic paint using a variety of brushes. Paint application techniques included dabbing, stippling, short, thick, and quick brushstrokes which aim to emphasise the light and movement of waves crashing and clouds slowly floating across the sky.

Charlie’s artwork was submitted to the Zart Art National Student Art Prize. The online exhibition and competition’s theme was OUR CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIA which could be interpreted in any art form. Approximately 4,000 students submitted in 6 categories, ranging from early primary school, through to Year 12 in secondary schooling. Charlie won first place in his category for the People’s Choice Award, receiving a $250 Zart Art & Craft Voucher. Congratulations to Charlie for his achievement!

To view the online gallery, please visit and scroll to the bottom of the page.