Oakhill College makes its own Archibald exhibition

Works of art: Teacher Di Herron, who is pictured with her portrait painted by Marie Hogan. Assistant principal Robert Munday was painted by teacher and former student Karein Williams.

Works of art: Teacher Di Herron, who is pictured with her portrait painted by Marie Hogan. Assistant principal Robert Munday was painted by teacher and former student Karein Williams.

Oakhill College decided to get into the fun of the Art Gallery of NSW's prestigious Archibalds by holding its own art exhibition.

While the Archibalds recognise a man or woman distinguished in art, writing, science or politics, the "Teachibald Awards" recognise any man or woman distinguished in teaching.

This year, with permission, students and teachers could paint other teachers.

From July 21 to August 1 more than 130 portraits were exhibited in the school's Walsh Building.

The Packing Room Prize was awarded to year 7 student Nathaniel Catabus for his portrait of teacher Jason Rophail.

The overall People's Choice Award went to year 10 student Mitchell Baird for his painting of science teacher Peter Blanch.

Organiser Marie Hogan said the event drew a large audience.

"Students get a chance to participate in a unique creative opportunity," Ms Hogan said.

Students got a lot out of it.

"It shows how students think about their teachers," year 7 student Matthew Todesco said.

"The Teachibald brings our school community together through art," year 7 student Andrew Scarsbrook said.

This article was written as part of the News’ and Oakhill College’s Adopt a School program.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop