At Burrendah Primary School we have a specialist Visual Art teacher for Year 1- 4 and from Year 5-7 the classroom teachers provide an art program as part of their classroom teaching and learning program.
The Visual Arts program provides an exciting environment for budding artists to develop their artistic abilities. The aim of the Visual Arts program is:
- To allow students to learn at their own pace, using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, and with the philosophy established of ‘no mistakes, only happy accidents’.
- For students to explore the Elements and Principles of Art through a variety of techniques and media.
- To engage students in ‘life-long’ arts learning, through continually developing a broad range of new arts repertoire.
- To align with Arts networks and community groups. The program keeps abreast of current arts related issues and trends. Our program has partnerships with: the Art Education Network; Community Arts Network of WA; Art Gallery of WA; Fremantle Arts Centre; City of Canning Arts & Culture; and City of Melville Council.
Our students are given opportunities to learn through a mix of visual enquiry, studio work, exhibitions and critical reflection. This occurs through:
- The creation of a visual arts diary to allow students to document, experiment and practise their Arts Ideas.
- The provision of a creative space for students to engage in a variety of techniques and use of media. Visual stimulus boards are continually rotated with current themes and projects that students are working on.
- Regular display opportunities in the Art Studio, Hall, Administration Office and various other locations around the school.
- The opportunity to create artworks for significant events within the school calendar: ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, Chinese New Year, NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day and World Vision Week.
- Students Art Responses are embedded within the arts curriculum and are formally assessed. In addition to this, students are exposed to reflective strategies by way of gallery walks, constructive peer feedback and self reflection within their own visual arts diary annotations.
- A highlight of the program is the participation in community arts events. 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. In addition to this, students engage with professional artists and gain insight into career paths and valuable experience in Arts in Society issues.
Community Arts events previously enjoyed by Burrendah PS students are:
- Through Work Shed Mosaics, Years 1 – 7 and staff completed individual tile mosaics which were incorporated into an artwork depicting the elements of our school song through the visual representation of the Canning River and its tributaries. This is now proudly displayed outside the Administration Office.
- Canning City Council - invited our students to be part of the School Banner Project.
- Artist-in-Residence, Leah Allen-Ankins from ECU, worked with students to create handmade tiles which will be displayed in our interactive playground.
- Community Library – NAIDOC and Sculptural Sheep for WA Week
- Melville City Sculpture Awards – Year 2 students used recycled materials to create a sculpture of a swan which won an arts prize.
- Yearly P&C Fundraiser – Art Cards with student’s artwork.