‘The light on the hill’ is an exhibition of works produced by the CSU students who are currently undertaking the Curriculum Method 2: Visual Art course. They complete a significant part of their studies by undertaking a project that requires them to experience the process of developing and resolving a Body of Work, in the style of a Year 12 Visual Arts student. The Body of Work is often still thought of as the Year 12’s ‘Major Work’. It should demonstrate the understanding of artmaking as a practice and represent the candidate’s ideas and interests through the interpretation of subject matter and use of expressive forms. For many HSC students, this is the highlight of their time at school and an experience that they never forget.

The CSU students have undertaken their own project replicating the Year 12 experience in a condensed period of time. The experience of working with one another to develop, augment and extend their practice in relation to this project, will ensure that they have many shared experiences to draw upon when they engage in the teaching practice. They have achieved engaging and meaningful outcomes in their work.

The Chiefly Home provides the context, starting point and finally the site for the exhibition of the artworks developed as part of this project. An object from the home is selected by the students as an inspiration and catalyst for further research in to the Chifley story. The research and development the students undertake has been shared at set times throughout the project through a virtual classroom space, Edmodo. The students initial research provided insight into an era where life seemed much simpler and far humbler that the busy times in which we live. Students shared their thoughts on their ideas and the processes they would undertake to make their artwork. As the artworks were resolved for this exhibition the students encouraged and gave advice to one another on the final resolution of their pieces, which we can all agree, achieve the aims of the HSC course as the works reflect both conceptual depth and meaning, whilst also displaying technical resolution and accomplishment.

I have been privileged to witness the development of the artworks that form the digital exhibition ‘The Light on the Hill’. The Chifley Home has been a powerful site of discovery for myself and the CSU students. I trust you will enjoying exploring the virtual exhibition developed by the students of CSU University – Bill Tink.