Students were encouraged to enter the Archibald Prize – Pick the Winner!! competition by viewing the 43 finalists of this years Archibald Portrait Prize on the Art Gallery of NSW website.
Students engaged with art in dialogue and critiqued the works to judge which portrait they thought would win. We all eagerly anticipated the announcement on the news to hear that this years winner was Mitch Cairns with his loving portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape. Our students wrote very insightful and reflective comments on the qualities of the portraits but no one actually picked the winner. This just goes to show how hard it is to judge art and how the portrait prize is often regarded as controversial. We drew a winner for our competition from the 100+ entries and this student took home a prize pack including: acrylic paints, an art journal, brushes, pencils and a canvas plus some yummy chocolates to share.
We hope that many of our students will go to the gallery to see the Archibald Prize exhibition and enjoy viewing the artworks in real life.
If you are interested in going click the ‘Art Gallery NSW’ image and it will take you to their website.