Year 5 visit the Archibald Prize

Year 5 students recently visited the Art Gallery of NSW to see the Archibald Prize as part of their Studies of Eminence, which includes creating a portrait of an eminent person.

Students Matilda Randall and Maya Isbister share their reflections on behalf of Year 5:

One of our favourite portraits was Elisabeth Cummings in her studio at Wedderburn by the talented Noel Thurgate. It was a beautiful life-size collage of Elisabeth Cummings, the artist, painting the beautiful view from her studio. It included real tree branches, art supplies and exquisite detail in every corner.


Another one of our favourites was Me and Granny, a dazzling self portrait of Marc Etherington with his beloved dog, Granny. It included him lovingly hugging his gorgeous, grey Whippet, in front of a brick wall on the grass. Behind them there are dog toys and a hose poking out from the side.

We also saw the winning portrait, Self-portrait after, George Lambert.

We were personally surprised with her winning but happy for her at the same time. The painting included Yvette Coppersmith in a very noble position, with one leg on what seems to be a chair. 

She looks quite grand, and delicate wearing a big coat and a beautiful violet dress.

Viewing this exhibition inspired us to use our own style in our eminent portraits. It gave us an idea of how we can improve on our art skills. 

Come by our classrooms any time next week to observe our wonderful masterpieces!

Learn more about the Archibald Prize.

Portrait perceptions

Stage 5 Visual Arts students expanded on their Portraits unit of work, also touring the Archibald Prize exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery earlier this week to compare and contrast the artworks.

The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait of a man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia.

Having the NSW Art Gallery a short train ride away from our IGS brings fantastic opportunities for our students to view works by world-renowned artists.