KUALA LUMPUR: The works of Year 11, 12 and 13 students of Garden International School (GIS) were displayed in an exhibition at Seni Gallery in Mont Kiara, recently.
Titled Palette, the exhibition that ran for a week showcased the works of 48 students created for their final examinations.
GIS head of arts Ross Padgett said the exhibition was an annual event that gives the students a feel of what it's like to be a professional artist.
"The exhibition is a grand finale for their class examinations and course works.
"This year we were lucky to be able to exhibit at Seni Gallery, which gives the students a more authentic professional experience.
"I teach my students to be creative because whatever profession students end up in, they need to be able to think creatively and be innovative," said Padgett.
The students' work process was also on display, giving visitors a closer look of the evolution of each art piece.
Student Louise Hyde said that her work was inspired by Southeast Asian women who work.
"It represents their role in society and recognises their strength. It is my idea of feminism," said Hyde.
She said her work also questions if women are progressing in their lives and society, or held back by religion and tradition.
The Year 13 student said that she was planning on pursuing arts by enrolling in an art school in the United Kingdom after her graduation next semester.
"GIS has given me a good foundation. In the UK, I will learn different facets of art such as painting, sculpture and installation art before I specialise in what I love best," she said.
Year 12 student Joyce Shih depicts the process of creating a jasmine garland in one of her works that stood out among the rest.
"My work was inspired by jasmine garland makers in Little India," she said.
In another work, she decided to concentrate on the mundane, rather than the excitement of a journey, she said.
The students were given a few topics to choose from on which to base their works. Without a doubt, the varied works showed the talented students' high level of creativity.