Students from Year 2 to Year 6 engaged in the 2022 Visual Arts program, which includes drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture, ceramics and fibre/textiles, as part of the arts curriculum. The Visual Arts program provides an exciting and positive learning environment for budding artists to develop their confidence, curiosity, imagination and artistic abilities.
In Visual Art, students make and respond to artworks, drawing on the world as a source of ideas. With the philosophy of ‘no mistakes, only happy accidents’ and ‘every child is an artist’ students are encouraged to explore, express themselves, try new things and have fun!
The program uses a content-rich, skills-based approach, which includes teaching about art history, traditional and contemporary artists, aesthetics, art critique and learning about studio practices.
Our Art Room Instagram page; @burrendah_primary_art is updated with student work and art room news. Connections with local and international contemporary artists have been made through this medium.
The aim of the Visual Arts program is:
- To allow students to learn at their own pace, using the iSTAR Model.
- For students to explore the Elements and Principles of Art through a variety of both traditional and contemporary skills, techniques and media.
- To engage students in life-long arts learning, through the continual exploration of a broad range of arts repertoire.
- To connect with arts networks and community groups
- To keep students abreast of current arts-related issues and trends.
Our students receive opportunities to learn through a mix of visual enquiry, studio work, exhibitions and critical reflection. This occurs through:
- The creation of a visual arts sketchbook to allow students to document, experiment and practise their Arts Ideas.
- The provision of a creative art space for students to engage in a variety of 2D and 3D techniques and use of media.
- Regular display opportunities in the art studio, school hall, school library, awards ceremonies, assemblies and various other locations around the school and wider community.
- The opportunity to create artworks for significant events within the school calendar.
- Formally assessed Art Responses, embedded within the arts curriculum. Students are exposed to reflective strategies by way of gallery walks, constructive peer feedback and both verbal and written self-reflection.
- The collaboration with professional artists to gain insight into career paths and valuable experience in Arts in Society issues.
For students and their caregivers, a particular highlight of the program is the participation in community arts events and exhibitions. These events not only give the opportunity for students to display their work, but also give a valuable insight into the processes involved in preparing for an exhibition. Community arts events previously enjoyed by Burrendah PS students include:
A series of public art project workshops involving professional mural artist Chris Nixon for the recently developed Willetton Sports Precinct on Burrendah Boulevarde. The ideas created during the workshops informed a large-scale public mural design that Chris created and the students helped to paint.
- Select students participated in the public art project Story Threads - Connecting Cultures to Country. The students engaged in a series of workshops run by Sister Kate's artist Alta Winmar. Aunty Alta incorporated the student designs into a mural for Bentley Intercultural Centre.
- Frequent exhibitions of student work at Southlands Shopping Centre alongside the artwork of students from Willetton SHS and Castlereagh School.
- Involvement in the Therapy Focus Art Competition and Exhibition, with two finalists chosen to be exhibited at Perth Town Hall.
- The Global Artist Trading Card project, with student work exhibited at Stockland Riverton Shopping Centre before being sent to an overseas buddy class.
- Participation in the Stockland Riverton Youth Art Awards, with many Burrendah PS students winning prizes.
- The creation of handmade tiles on display in our interactive playground.
- Melville City Sculpture Awards – students used recycled materials to create a sculpture of a swan, which won an arts prize.
- P&C Fundraiser events