Three Year 11 students, studying Visual Arts, were selected to attend the prestigious Intensive Studio Practice course at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. Katherine Jones, Laura Smith and Juno Bennett were selected from applicants across NSW who are achieving at the highest level of excellence in their Preliminary Course and who demonstrate a mature attitude to their studies. Selection to this 1 Unit HSC course is the result of a very competitive application process and participants then undertake a 60-hour BOSTES endorsed course over the period of two holiday breaks. To complete the course, the students must present a Body of Work, which is in addition to the one they will complete for their HSC 2 Unit Visual Arts course.
Katherine and Laura were accepted into the Life Drawing course, which focuses on developing observational drawing skills while studying the structure of the human form. Juno was accepted into the Printmaking course.
BMGS students have consistently gained selection to the National Art School over the past 14 years to extend their classroom experiences and prepare further for the upcoming Higher School Certificate. Among the opportunities it gives to the participants is to gain a real life experience of intense studio practice, be surrounded by creative students from all of the various disciplines, have exposure to practicing artists and galleries, and have their work critiqued by art professionals. This also gives students the opportunity to spend time on a university campus and feel what it might be like to study art professionally.