Articles by: Marelise Van Wyk

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

During the last term of 2016 the Silvermine Interact Club decided to do one last project. We involved the entire school and collected items to fill Christmas gift bags for the Sunset Retirement Centre in Muizenberg. On Monday, 5 December, Cailin Howell and Skye Slack delivered (even though they were already on holiday) the parcels to the centre. Thank you very much, Silvermine students, for[Read More…]

by December 5, 2016 Interact
Amazing Talent in Art and Design

Amazing Talent in Art and Design

And before we knew it, this year has almost run out of time. We have finished the last days of teaching and the start of the final exams. In the Art and Design classes, students have been finishing off term projects and are preparing to tackle their theory papers. Looking at the spectacular work so far, I cannot wait to see the finished projects[Read More…]

by November 17, 2016 Visual Art
SMA Past Pupil Success

SMA Past Pupil Success

On Thursday, 10 November, I was invited to attend the final exam exhibition of Liam Volschenk at Vega School in Cape Town. Liam finished Grade 12 in 2014 and has studied photography.    What a privilege to see this successful exhibition by one of our very own Art and Design students. Well done, Liam.  You have made us proud.    

by November 15, 2016 Design, Visual Art
Teega Michl - Design

Successful Matric Art Exhibition

Matric 2016 has come and gone… As always, the Visual Art and Design students finished off the year with their examination exhibition that culminates everything they have worked for throughout their high school creative career. This exhibition was moderated and marked by several external moderators and examiners from the IEB. And as always, the examiners were pleased with what they saw[Read More…]

by October 19, 2016 Design, Visual Art
Design Research at Kirstenbosch

Design Research at Kirstenbosch

On Thursday, 8 September, the Grade 11 Design students went on an excursion to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The purpose of this trip was to do primary research for their first Matric project, which they have to complete by the end of the first term next year. Each student has to design a restaurant or kiosk for a fictional, newly established botanical garden, do[Read More…]

by September 26, 2016 Design
A Very Busy Interact Term

A Very Busy Interact Term

Our Interact Club has had a very active term. At the first meeting, we elected new office bearers to replace the Matric students who had to retire to focus on their final projects and examinations. Congratulations to Skye Slack who was elected Vice President and Finn Musson as Secretary. Both of these students have done a great job this term, along with our[Read More…]

by September 26, 2016 Interact
Messing Around in Art

Messing Around in Art

The Art Class became really messy this past week as the Grade 10 artists were introduced to printmaking. After a series of drawings… We started with collograph printing… We then moved on to monotype printing… … and are currently experimenting with drypoint etching. After all this work, unfortunately, there is always lots of cleaning to be done. Luckily the Grade[Read More…]

by September 15, 2016 Visual Art
Grade 10 Designers Follow the Latest Trends

Grade 10 Designers Follow the Latest Trends

After completing modules in perspective drawing and model building last term, the Grade 10s considered themselves ready to attempt their first architecture project. For this project we are following a current trend in the design world – designing for refugees. Their brief asked them to design dwellings for refugee camps. These have to be comfortable, affordable and easy to erect in a[Read More…]

by August 23, 2016 Design
Self Portraits with a Twist

Self Portraits with a Twist

Our Grade 10 Visual Art students have just finished their first big project. The theme – Self-Portrait.  After doing a lot of technical work and practising different drawing and painting techniques, they each created a painting representing themselves. Amazing, innovative and creative work, Grade 10s!! Dillon Grant: Alec Scott: Alexandra van der Horst: Kirsten Howell: Chelsea Benzien: Shayla Watson: Paige de[Read More…]

by August 16, 2016 Visual Art
Exams are a Learning and Teaching Opportunity

Exams are a Learning and Teaching Opportunity

Art and Design practical exams always look as if they are really fun – that is to the students who do not take those subjects. They are fun, but it is also a serious work time. Practical examinations provide students with an opportunity to work on a project for an uninterrupted period of time, which is not always possible on a normal[Read More…]

by June 21, 2016 Design, Visual Art