Art Appreciation at Hills Grammar

Jenny Carden
Jenny Carden

Local resident, Jenny Carden, is inspiring Hills Grammar parents with her Art Appreciation
addition to the School’s Learning Lounge program.

Jenny, who has taught at the School for over 20 years, currently works with Junior students
as a specialist Art teacher. Often working out of the Yurt, a unique building nestled in the
bush and designed to inspire creativity, Jenny enjoys seeing the imaginations of children
flourish.

In line with the School’s Graduate aim, the Learning Lounge program is curated to foster
critical and creative thinking and promote a life-long learning journey for parents.
This particular series focuses on the acquired artworks on display in the Nexus building,
which was formerly the School’s library.

During the walkthrough, Jenny points out various pieces on display in the building, including artwork created by young students which were selected by Operation Art.

One piece, created by a Kindergarten student, became part of the Westmead Children’s
Hospital permanent collection, which the School is lucky to be “borrowing for a little while.”
Next in the collection is a piece by Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Stockdale, called ‘The
Rider’, which was purchased at the School’s Art Show a number of years ago. Jenny notes
that she can see elements that are seemingly inspired by Australian artist, Margaret
Olley, in particular that “there’s lots of symbolism in here about woman’s role in society.”
Jenny’s extraordinary passion for art is reflected every day in her teaching, from
encouraging students to step outside and observe the natural world, to engaging school
parents via the Learning Lounge program.

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