By Casey Neill
Healesville High School is home to a creative space with a difference.
The Art Factory was born from a desire to get art out of the classroom, back in 2014.
Redevelopments left a building disused, and students and staff have transformed it into a breeding ground for creativity.
It will host an exhibition of artwork from students of all ages that will be open to the public from 3.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October.
“This will be the fourth exhibition in the space,” teacher David Lloyd said.
Students use the space at lunch time and after school.
“We get them creating with no set curriculum,” Mr Lloyd said.
“The Art Factory gives them space to be their own person.
“It’s still a learning environment but it’s a bit more fun.”
Evidence of artistic expression is everywhere, from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography.
Year 8 student Rhiannon, 14, said her creations in The Art Factory are a lot larger than what she produces in the classroom.
Classmate Ruby, 14, said the art made in the space was more creative.
“It’s more hands-on than just pen and paper.”
Year 10 student Jasmine, 15, said The Art Factory was a good place in which to express herself.
Mone, 15, said she found art fun and the space was “a relief valve”.
“I love just hanging out with friends here,” she said.