House Wearable Art

Last Friday during lunchtime, the annual Senior House Wearable Art Carnival was held in the Penman Quad. This House competition provides all students with an opportunity to utilise their creative talents in a House context.

Students design and create three expressive costumes inspired by their House colours and parade these on the day. Judges are invited in from outside the College community to judge the event each year.

The main reason the Wearable Art competition was devised was to provide an opportunity for those talented creative art students to be able to display their House spirit and support for their House in a way that they feel confident of what they can contribute.

The carnival showcases creativity and teamwork.  It marks the end of a considerably hectic time for all of the school community. In particular, it celebrates the end of the House Competitions for the Year 12s. It is therefore particularly significant for them.

The event serves to raise awareness of the strength and energy of the Visual Arts program within the school. It also broadens the experiences of our students and allows cross-age participation in the performances.

The costumes are judged on the following: Visual Impact, Creativity, Innovative/effective use of materials, Evidence of work/effort in design/construction, Cohesiveness/effectiveness of group presentation, music, movement etc                                        

Every year the school community is astounded by the vibrant creative costumes and this year did not disappoint.  Penman’s costumes, based on the theme of “Celebration of the Written Word” took out the trophy.  The costumes were made from recycled books from the Senior School Library.  The winning garments are on display in the Senior School foyer for those who wish to take a closer look.

Well done to all who participated!


Jane Bailey, Senior Studio Art Teacher


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