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As a group, the students decided to explore the beautiful but fleeting nature of life inspired by the Memento Mori or Vanitas still life paintings of 16th and 17th century Europe.

As part of the curriculum at Faith Lutheran College, students have the opportunity to take part in a Middle Year’s Elective Program. During Term 2 a group of students from Year 7 to Year 9 chose to participate in the SALA elective which enabled them to explore a theme and work on an exhibition as a collective. The majority of work in the exhibition currently on display at the Barossa Regional Art Gallery has been created by this talented group. Year 7 students involved in the Creative Arts program also contributed to the ceramics, a selection of Year 11 Design works feature, and flower sculptures by the Year 10 Visual Arts students can be viewed.

As a group, the students decided to explore the beautiful but fleeting nature of life inspired by the Memento Mori or Vanitas still life paintings of 16th and 17th century Europe.

The students have been able to capture the symbolism of these paintings in their work which reflects their understanding of the constant state of flux within the world today. The students took a positive and beautiful approach to what can be a sombre and reflective theme and their message of ‘live life’ is expressed in their work.

The templates for the paper skull sculptures were purchased and students then printed them out and constructed them. Faith acknowledges the designers of the templates Mindaugas from Paperstatue shop and Studio66Designs.

The students were also inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe and their surrealist style of incorporating nature and still life into their paintings. “I paint flowers so they will ­­­­not die” Frida Kahlo

Year 7 Creative Arts students Amelie Cowley and Tiaane Rowett

Banner Photo: A collaborative flower sculpture project undertaken by Year 7 to Year 9 students