Welcome to the Visual and Performing Arts at Melbourne High School
Celebrating the creative achievements of our students
At MHS, we strive to motivate and support our students to express their creativity across a wide range of subjects from Year 9 to VCE. We offer a range of Art-based subjects, several streams of Visual Communication and Design focusing on specific fields of design, digital and analogue Media production subjects. In addition, MHS has an extensive Drama, VCE Theatre Studies, and Music program. Throughout the the year, students are actively involved in a variety of performance-based programs that include jazz, chamber, orchestral and singing concerts, the annual school musical and, the annual play as well as Drama and Theatre Studies productions. Read more: Music>> l Productions>>
A snapshot of 2020 Student Artwork
COVID 2020 & Our Virtual Art Exhibition
To celebrate the achievements of our students during the 2020 COVID lock-downs, our Annual Art Exhibition went virtual. We welcome you to view and celebrate our students’ creativity and ingenuity in expressing their visions from their 2020 home-based studios. The exhibition features work from Year 9 to VCE and covers all the subjects offered in the Visual and Performing Arts at MHS.
Instructions for viewing the exhibition
By clicking on the button above, you are taken to our virtual gallery. The gallery is hosted on artsteps – a free to use multi-platform service that you can view on your computer, phone or tablet. For the smoothest experience, we recommend that you download the artsteps app for free for your tablet or phone from the Appstore© or Google Play©.
The work from our media classes is included in the exhibition, but due to bandwidth limitations in the virtual gallery, we recommend that it be viewed using the embedded videos below for the smoothest viewing experience.
You can find links below for both Apple and Google devices.
Once you have installed the app, you can search for ‘MHS’ inside the artsteps app, and our exhibition should be the first result. The full title is ‘Melbourne High School Virtual Art Exhibition’. Press ‘watch’ the enter the virtual gallery. Please note that depending on your internet connection speed it may take a short time to load all the exhibits.
To move around the space, with your left thumb on the feet icon, slowly drag your thumb in the direction you would like to move. To change which direction you are looking in, with your right thumb on the eye icon, slowly drag your thumb in the direction you would like to look. You can tap on artworks to centre the view.
If you would prefer to use your computer, by clicking on the button about a new browser tab will open directly to the virtual gallery. Please note that depending on your internet connection speed it may take a short time to load all the exhibits. You can monitor this progress through the ‘Downloading items’ window near the top – once this window disappears the gallery has completed loading.
To move around the space, use the up/down/left/right buttons (WASD will also work) to move and turn. To move which direction you are looking in, hold down the left mouse button and drag your mouse in the desired direction. You can interact with an artwork by clicking on it, and zoom in on an artwork by clicking the frame icon just below the X (note you must have clicked on an artwork for this function to work). If you would like to hear accompanying audio for a video, first click on the video then drag the volume slider on the popup window to the right.
Alternate Media video links
We welcome you to view a selection of film reels from our 9 – 12 media classes.
Please note that the feature-length versions of 2020 unit 3 & 4 films will be viewable in the exhibition.
Media students faced extraordinary challenges to produce their major production this year. After spending semester one developing and designing their products, all had to adjust to the new Covid context we found ourselves in. Most had to make major changes with their much sweated over designs simply no longer possible. What resulted is a testament to the resilience, problem solving and above all creativity of the 2020 12 Media group.
Enjoy this fantastic collection of Claymation, CGI Animation, Music Videos, Short Films and more. If you’d like to see more MHS VCE Media works check out: https://bit.ly/2020MHSVCEMEDIA
12 Media Showreel
Reboot – Short CGI Animation by Baptiste Emery (2.02) TOP SCREEN SHORTLISTED
Perpetuality – Music Video by Luca Locher (3.31)
All You Need Is Love – Short Film by Gus Nguyen (6.40)
Inheritance – Short Film by Merrick Craven (10.00)
Hard Boiled – Short Claymation Animation by William Crossley (6.17) TOP SCREEN SHORTLISTED
10 Media GIFs Showreel
Showcase of Year 10 GIFs. Students studied sakuga (advanced animation techniques) and crafted representations of self. Many were heavily influenced by the experience of living through a global pandemic which you can see reflected in these diverse and wonderful micro animation products. Techniques ranged from rotoscoping, CGI and hand drawn animation.
10 Media Digital Story Showreel
Showreel showcasing extracts from the 2020 Year 10 student Digital Stories. This year students worked remotely to craft highly original and individual audio visual stories. From documentary, short film, animation, music video, podcasts and more, students developed their creative voice and skills to create a media product of their own unique design.
2020 Year 9 Showreel
In 2020 9 Media students explored the foundations of audio visual construction by examining genre conventions in Boy (Waititi, 2009) and Mob Psycho 100 (2019). From this understanding students then explored and developed Media Arts processes and skills by experimenting in creating cinemagraphs which depicted the lock down experience and stop-motion animations that took the form of representations of power. Depending on the semester, students then went on to create genre based film trailers for an entirely fictional films either in groups or individually.