Visual Arts education is an ever changing subject. Over the history of the School this has been reflected in the scope of artworks created by the students who study across three subject choices; Visual Arts 7-12, Visual Design 9-12 and Photography, Video and Digital Media 9-12. My experience consulting on Board of Studies syllabi, thirteen years HSC marking, and lecturing at various TAFE and University campuses, allows me, as Head of Faculty, to broaden our teaching vision
All faculty members are practising artists and endeavour to pass on to students a passion for the Visual Arts. Using our outstanding and diverse facilities, students engage in a wide array of art-making mediums, many of which are not usually available in schools. Visiting guest artists comment on the range and skill level of the work our students produce. Our aim is to give all students a positive experience and to encourage them to try their best. They might then discover previously unknown talents.
The students are given opportunities and encouraged to exhibit and enter in national, state and local art shows. There have been many excellent results over the years and the last 12 months has seen students excel in ArtExpress, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Schools Packaging Design Challenge, the Australian Museum Photography Competition, Waste as Art and local art shows.
The School hosts a wonderful evening each year dedicated to Creative Arts and Design Technology, called ‘Celebration of the Senses’. It is a showcase of HSC works in Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Design and Technology and Hospitality. This has become a signature event for the faculty and one thoroughly enjoyed by the community.