Students at Burrendah Primary School are given opportunities to engage in the Visual Arts, exploring a variety of mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and fibre/textiles. Students in upper primary participate in Visual Arts lessons with a specialist art teacher. 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.
The aim of the Visual Arts program is:
- To allow students to learn at their own pace.
- 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 the 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 artwork 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.
Participation in community art exhibitions and competitions gives the opportunity for students to display their work to a wider audience. Community arts events enjoyed by Burrendah PS students include:
- Art exhibitions of student work at Southlands Shopping Centre.
- Display of student artwork as the backdrop for our community NAIDOC assembly.
- Collaboration between Art and Italian Specialist curriculum subjects gives students the opportunity to enter a competition.
- Collaboration with Year group teachers to prepare students for the ‘Wild At Art 2023’ competition (threatened species art competition for kids).