The Visual arts program takes students on a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. Students create and make art works involving imagination and experimentation planning the application of arts elements, principles and/or conventions; skills, techniques, and processes; media, materials, equipment, and technologies; reflection; and refinement. Individually and collaboratively, students explore their own works and works by other artists working in different historic and cultural contexts.
Students have the opportunity to explore the world of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and many more. They also Immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Aboriginal art, where they embark on a profound journey that transcends time and culture. Exploring the ancient stories, symbols, and techniques of Indigenous artists, they uncover a vibrant world steeped in tradition and connection to the land. Through this exploration, our students not only learn about artistic techniques but also gain a deeper understanding of the profound relationship between art and heritage. They are reminded of the importance of cultural preservation and the power of art to bridge gaps, fostering appreciation for diversity and unity in their own artistic endeavours.
At Hume Valley School we understand that students bring with them their own interests and abilities, as well as diverse personal and cultural experiences, all of which has an impact on their learning. We believe that “The Arts “is essential to the students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being.
One of the primary goals at Hume Valley School is to encourage all students to achieve their full potential as learners and to participate in their community and in society as a whole. Experiences in “The Arts” – Visual Arts – play a valuable role in achieving these goals and provides a natural vehicle through which the students can make their own discoveries and express themselves in a creative and dynamic way.
Visual Arts Overview
The Visual Arts Program at Hume Valley School is designed to provide a range of essential skills that can be used both inside and outside of the classroom. These skills include planning, collecting and organising information, communicating ideas and information, using a wide range of materials and techniques, problem solving and integrating technology. Students are given opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively.
Visual Arts Curriculum
The Visual Arts Curriculum aims to provide structures through which the students are encouraged to learn about themselves and the world around them. It is organised into seven main strands. These include:
- Paint and Colour
- Fabric and Fibre
In addition, the curriculum allows opportunities for exploration of the various elements and encourages students to experiment and manipulate a variety of materials, tools and equipment for developing skills and concepts in “The Arts”. These elements include:
Visual Arts Focus
Over the course of the year, the students at Hume Valley will refer to people, places, spaces, objects and the environment as well as events and experiences that are of interest to them, as stimulus for art making. Through their art-making, students will explore colour, shape, line, tone and pattern when representing different subject matters, use personal objects and collections as tools for generating ideas and experiment with a range of materials, tools and techniques for communicating ideas. Students will also apply critical thinking skills by responding to design challenges, and investigate construction techniques and arrangements for creating models.