Art News

May 3, 2018 at 10:47 am

The Arts – Term 1 Report

March 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

It’s been a busy and exciting term for the RGGS Arts Department. In our continued commitment to encouraging creative expression across Prep – Year 12, we’ve been finding new ways for our girls to get messy, get loud, get moving and get making, as they experiment with forms, styles and conventions across Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art. Our creative inspiration for the term comes from the incomparable Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”.
Highlights include:

Teacher Passion Term 1 Teaching Highlights
Laryssa ‘Triple Threat’ Anger Dance, Drama, Music –          Building strength and attitude in Year 7 & 8 Hip Hop
–          Choreography with the graceful Year 9/10 Ballet students
–          Watching polished, script-based performances with Year 5/6
–          Playing with BOOMWHACKERS in Year 8 music!
‘The Accomplice Accompanist’ Christina Bond Music –          Spreading the love of piano and music gamification
–          Watching dedicated students achieve success in co-curricular ensembles
Jessica ‘Maestra’ Dawes Music –          Seeing Year 2 develop confidence through our strings program
–          Witnessing RGGS’ future concert performers (the Year 3/4 band) in action!
‘The Ode So Joyful’
Nicole Graham
Music –          Making the recorder cool again with Year 5/6!
–          Watching Year 9/10 demonstrate their knowledge of the Elements of Music in Listening evaluations
Nora ‘Ooh Look, A Cow Skull!’ Hanasy-Cheers Visual Arts –          Getting ‘Earthy’ with Year 5 collages, totems, paintings and papier mache
–          Seed pod lino printing with Year 7
–          Observational drawing at the Rockhampton Zoo with Year 9/10
–          Seeing folio work develop as Year 11 study ‘The Natural Environment’ and Year 12 explore ‘Memories and Reflections’
‘Professor of Silly Walks’ Jessica Lamb Drama –          Reading amazing scripts from Year 8 students
–          Exploring the power of theatre with Year 9/10 in ‘The World at War’
–          Challenging Year 12 to test their limits through One-Person Performances
Jessica ‘Shredder’ Paton Music –          Seeing instrumental music students continue to excel!
–          Sharing the love for all things strings!


Exercising Creativity through Cocurricular
Across both Visual and Performing Arts, RGGS students enjoy a vibrant and diverse array of creative opportunities. The school offers a range of performance ensembles throughout the week (including Poco Voce, Musical Theatre Group, Recorder Ensemble, Bella Voce, Multi Voce, Flute Ensemble, String Ensemble, Prep-3 Choir, 4-6 Choir, Concert Band, Glee, Dance Company and Dancercise), as well as Studio 151 Art Club and GGPC Drama (commencing in Term 2).
Our music ensembles have spent much of Term 1 preparing for the upcoming Rockhampton Eisteddfod (held in May), using the start of the year to learn and consolidate repertoire that will form the basis of their performance and competition work for 2018. Dance Company have been eagerly preparing for the 2018 Dance Star Competition, drawing thematic inspiration from ‘post-apocalyptic robots’, circus and musical theatre. As well as preparing for competition, our dancers and Bella Voce ensemble look forward to performing at this year’s Beef Week festivities.
Students across Dance, Drama and Visual Art were also given the opportunity to attend Bangarra Dance Theatre’s recent performance of ‘Our Land People Stories’ at the Pilbeam Theatre. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show, whilst the teachers took detailed notes of set, costumes, choreography and technical specs for future inspiration.
Term 1 finished with the Music Progress Concert. This termly concert allows students to hone their performance skills in an encouraging, informal environment. For some students this was their first time performing in front of an audience. Congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening. We look forward to seeing your progression on your chosen instrument throughout 2018.

Student Successes
Our emerging artists have been doing some amazing work. Below are just some of the cool, quirky and creative things they have achieved in Term 1!
Photo Album link and   Script of Morte

Creativity Across the Curriculum
As well as encouraging individual creative expression and critical thinking, The Arts play an instrumental role in allowing students to understand the world around them. This is particularly evident in the study of language and culture.
Students in Prep – Year 2 have been exploring the Spanish language through The Arts, creating filmic flip books to recall key vocabulary, whilst Year 7 and 8 students have created visual folios to accompany an interactive, online adventure in Spain.

Art talent in Year 9 & 10

February 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Term 1 the Year 9 and 10 students are looking at Animals in Art from both a literal and conceptual perspective focusing on the Elements and Principles of Design.

This week they have learnt a variety of new skills using Adobe Photoshop and created a Butterfly Kaleidoscope. They are all so gorgeous and will be exhibited at our annual art exhibition in August. Here is a sampler by our talented Molly Harwood.

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher

Ocean Blue Flutters Molly Harwood

Flying in the Sunshine Molly Harwood

Year 5 Art

February 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

This week in Art the Year 5 girls got to get messy and have a go at paper mache. They’ve learned interesting facts such as in Ancient China some furniture was made out of paper mache and is still around today!

They have created gorgeous ‘Earth Bowls’ in 40 minutes. Aren’t they terrific?

Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Art Teacher.

Earth Bowls – Year 5


Year 9 and 10 Art Excursion

February 7, 2018 at 3:32 pm

The year 9 and 10 Visual Art students went to the Rockhampton Zoo on Monday (week 3).

They had a series of drawing challenges to complete while observing the animals. What are the benefits of observational drawing?

• Slowing down, taking our time • Learning to really see • Noticing details • Realising improvement comes with practice • Becoming comfortable with mistakes

• Becoming confident in attempting something new.

Their drawings will form the basis for new works in the coming weeks.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)


Community Notices

January 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm

February Art Workshops

Karate Club (first 4 lessons for students free) 

Year 9 and 10 Art

November 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

‘One of the great challenges today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change, even when we could easily do something to help. Giving people access to data most often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action’ Olafur Eliasson

This term the Year 9 and 10 students were introduced to the concept that artists have a responsibility to the world not only to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. The topic was ‘Change’ and they had to create a work that makes us feel. Learning about global issues, making choices of what is important to them created many conversations in the classroom and profoundly affected the artworks that they made.

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers, Senior Visual Arts Teacher


Phoebe Heilig from the Koala Bushfire series (Digital Collage) – plight of our native animals during bushfires and backburning.





Savleen Kaur – Depression (Digital Collage)




Aleisha Cesar –

Recycle or Death is sculptural assemblage made of the equivalent of 250 plastic bottles; the amount thrown into the ocean every second, just in Australia. I believe this number is severely underestimated and it is imperative to change the behaviours of people all around the world. Oceanic pollution results in thousands of deaths of marine life causing near extinction of rare species. I created my work in the hopes to change people’s perspective of oceanic pollution and its severity. In the future, I hope people will change and we will protect aquatic mammals.



Indiana Smith – Through the Eyes of the Tiger

There are only 3300 tigers left in the wild on the entire planet. The black market trade leaves 100 critically endangered tigers dead a year. An estimated 1000 wild tigers have died in the last 10 years.Tigers have been known to survive up to 26 years in the wild, but with the habitat quickly disappearing many do not reach that age. About half of the cubs born in a year die before they reach the age of 2 because of the poaching of mums.  Only 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild today.


Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

August 17, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Bonnie-May Allen and Jasmine Mick have been chosen to represent Rockhampton Girls Grammar School at the Creative Generations Excellence Awards in Visual Art for the Central Queensland Region. If one of them gets chosen as the winner, their work will be then exhibited at GoMA and will be part of a travelling exhibition around Australia.

Exhibition dates: Tuesday 8 August – Saturday 19 August at Walter Reid Building

Award ceremony: Saturday 19 August 2pm at Walter Reid Building, all welcome

Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art

The Awards recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland state and non-state schools.

Since 1990, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools.

Being a finalist or winning this award plays a large role in the professional careers of many students who have gone on into areas but not limited to:

Visual Communication, Digital Media, Photography, Design, Arts Management, Art Therapy, Education, Arts, Fashion and Textiles, Film and TV, Media and Communication, Display and Events, Industrial Design: Product, Vehicle, Furniture, Ergonomics… Built Environment: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Design, Architectural History, Planning (Urban or Regional)… Interior: Design, Architecture or Decoration…Graphic Design, Illustration… IT: Software Development, Web Development, Web Design, Computer Graphics, Animation, Creative Tech, Virtual Worlds Programming, Media, Graphics, Advertising

Mrs Nora Hanasy-Cheers (Senior Visual Arts Teacher)

ANZAC Artwork

May 4, 2017 at 3:20 pm



WOW!  I am so impressed with the phenomenal ANZAC posters every student brought in.  They were all extremely informative and were full of hard work.  All of the girls presented their posters with excitement, pride and enthusiasm.  It is so wonderful to see their growing confidence when presenting to the class.

Natalie Spence – Yr 4 Classroom Teacher





Art News

February 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Please find attached some work from our very talented Art students, along with information regarding our first Art Competition for 2017 – there is even a category for Outstanding Parent Entry!

Nora Hanasy-Cheers
Art Teacher
Art Competition 2017 Paper Boats Newsletter Visual Art No 1

2016 Art and Music Gala

October 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

4-6The 2016 Girls Grammar Music Gala was a resounding success with students from Prep to Year 12 singing and playing instruments to an appreciative audience. This year’s theme was ‘Top of the Pops’ and each group took the audience on a trip through Pop Hits from the last few decades. Our talented teacher group surprised the audience with ‘Chariots of Fire’ as the finale. We would like to thank all the choirs and instrumental groups who performed on the evening and to all the students and staff who volunteered their time to help out. This event would not happen without the support of the school, students, staff and parents and we sincerely thank you.teacher

Christina Bond
Instrumental Music Coordinator


Our 2016 Excellence in Art Exhibition was a huge success. Artworks of a very high standard were displayed from Year 7-12. Local artist Sandy McLean honouredgold-excellence-award us with her presence and opened the exhibition. She also selected 3 works that won the artist choice excellence awards.

In first place was Jypsie Early with her gorgeous etching series on a purple door.

Second place was awarded to Georgia Sherry.

Third place was awarded to Natalie Tian.

It was an inspiring and enjoyable evening for all.  Well done to all the young artists here at RGGS.


Nora Hanasy-Cheers
Art Teacher

2016 Music and Art Gala

August 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

You are invited to the 2016 Celebration of Music and Art on Friday 9 September.

Complimentary Wine and Cheese at the Art Exhibition opening and a P&F Canteen available on the Deck. Music and Art Gala 2016

Art News

August 17, 2016 at 9:00 am

IMG_2152The only way to learn how to draw better is to do it. A lot. There is no magic formula, just practice. Unfortunately, we are so busy, we do not allow IMG_2184ourselves to take the time to develop these skills. As part of their Animals in Art unit, the Year 9 and 10 Visual Art students went to the zoo for an observational drawing activity. They had two hours to sit and observe the animals and sketch them.

Drawing an animal that is constantly moving is a challenge and the drawings are more spontaneous, have movement and lightness about them that you do not get when you draw an image from a photograph.  It was hard and there were constant sighs of frustration, but a lesson was being learned. It is not so much about what is on the paper, the end result, but learning to see what is actually in front of you. It is about training the eye and the hand to learn to work together, and not allowing the logical brain to take over, simplify an image and assume what things should look like.

Nora Hanasy
Art Teacher